Personnel Economics in Sports
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Personnel Economics in Sports

Edited by Neil Longley

Sport is an effective industry in which to empirically test theories of personnel economics, primarily because the employer-employee relationship in sport is much more visible and transparent than in almost any other industry. This book examines personnel economics within the context of the professional sport industry. The chapters are organized around the core functional areas of personnel economics and cover all aspects of the employment relationship in sport – from recruiting and selection, to pay and performance, to work team design.
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Chapter 8: Magicians, scapegoats and firefighters: the peculiar role of head coaches in professional soccer

Bernd Frick


The chapter examines the impacts of coaches on team performance. It focuses on soccer, and analyzes the impact of head coach dismissals on the subsequent performance of the team. It examines the methodological difficulties in studying such a question, and highlights some of the important research in the area. It notes that, while the specific results vary widely across papers, there seems to be no strongly consistent evidence that coaching changes fundamentally improve team performance.

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