An examination of initiation rituals in a UK sporting institution and the impact on group development

  title={An examination of initiation rituals in a UK sporting institution and the impact on group development},
  author={Jamie Thompson and James A. Johnstone and Curtis Banks},
  journal={European Sport Management Quarterly},
  pages={544 - 562}
ABSTRACT Research question: This study investigates the impact of initiation rituals on group development. Through the application of chaos theory, we examine how the trajectory of team development is inherently unpredictable due to the complex nature and uncertainty of initiation rituals. Research methods: The paper draws upon 42 interviews with student athletes from a UK university. The UK context provides a new perspective on initiation activities that are currently dominated by studies in a… 
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