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Title: Sports effects on ethical judgement skills of successful entrepreneurs: adaptation of interpretative phenomenological analysis.
Authors: Ogujiuba, Kanayo Kingsley.
School of Development Studies
Keywords: Performance.;Entrepreneurship.;Ethics.;Sport.;Success.;Athletic training.
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract: Purpose – This paper aims to identify how entrepreneurs’ active involvement in sports/ athletic training affects and adds to their overall ethical judgement skills within and outside the workplace. Design/ methodology/ approach – This study adopted a qualitative approach and included a combination of 12 male and female entrepreneurs who were purposively selected based on the study’s requirements. The primary data was collected through semi-structured one-on-one interviews, and interpretative phenomenological analysis served as the primary method of data analysis. Findings – Findings from this study suggest that entrepreneurs’ active involvement in sports/athletic training does indeed influence their ethical judgement skills all-round. Arising from a combination of sports involvement factors, a unique group of underlying elements surfaced that proves valuable accustomed relationships concerning the significant impact sports/athletic training have on successful entrepreneurs’ ethical judgement skills. Research limitations/ implications – The active involvement in sports/athletic training undoubtedly plays a vital role in achieving entrepreneurs’ daily ethical judgement ability. However, this study was limited to the opinion of a small sample of participants in a specific field. Also, this study’s phenomenological nature requires the researcher’s interpretation of the results to be viewed as the truth. Practical implications – This study provides a new perspective and validates how purposeful involvement in sports/athletic training regimens can boost the ethical judgement skills of entrepreneurs all round. This study also proves powerful and new in sight into the unique relationships among the accustomed factors and the underlying elements thereto–contributing beyond existing theory. Originality/value – This study is novel and provides new and powerful insight into the ethical judgement skills and benefits derived thereof that can be developed by entrepreneurs from the active involvement in sports/athletic training.
Description: This is an EarlyCite article.
DOI: 10.1108/JEEE-08-2020-0305
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