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Development of a Strategic Planning Process Model for Division I-A Intercollegiate Athletic Departments

Earle, James V. (2009) Development of a Strategic Planning Process Model for Division I-A Intercollegiate Athletic Departments. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study investigates strategic planning by intercollegiate athletic departments competing in Division I-A, the Football Bowl Subdivision. Specifically, this study attempts to identify the formal strategic planning processes used by Division I-A athletic departments. Formal planning processes were identified by searching for evidence of traditional strategic planning process components commonly cited in strategic planning literature - goal setting, environmental scanning, employee participation, and plan implementation tactics. In addition, this study identifies the benefits of strategic planning and the challenges that make strategic planning a difficult task for intercollegiate athletic departments. The study culminates with the creation of a strategic planning process model specifically for intercollegiate athletic departments. It is hoped that this model, combined with greater knowledge of strategic planning processes and the benefits and challenges of strategic planning, will allow Division I-A athletic departments to maximize the benefits of using strategic planning as a management tool.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Earle, James V.jearle@bc.pitt.eduEARLE
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairYeager, Johnjlyeager@pitt.eduJLYEAGER
Committee MemberNess,
Committee MemberMetz, Kenkenmetz@pitt.eduKENMETZ
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Date: 2 September 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 February 2009
Approval Date: 2 September 2009
Submission Date: 8 March 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: athletic administration; intercollegiate athletics; sports management; strategic planning
Other ID:, etd-03082009-202142
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:32
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:36


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