THE IMPACT OF SEARCH FIRM USE IN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HIRES BASED ON ATHLETIC, ACADEMIC, AND FINANCIAL MEASURES OF DIVISION I POWER FIVE INSTITUTIONS Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Kimura, Alexander
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • As a result of the growing business within college athletics, athletic departments have resorted to utilizing search firms to assist in the hiring process of athletic directors. The purpose of this study is to examine whether athletic departments that utilized a search firm in their athletic director hires significantly differ in performance measures compared to those athletic departments who did not use a search firm. Athletic directors hired between 2008 and 2015 were analyzed. Background information for each athletic director was collected, as well as whether each athletic director was hired with the aid of a search firm or not. For each athletic director, academic, athletic, and financial data was collected for the corresponding athletic department. Of the athletic directors hired during the given period, 57% included search firm assistance. Statistical t-tests revealed no significant difference of percent change when analyzing two-year pre and post hire performance measures. Three-year post hire means also showed no statistical difference in performance measures of search firm usage. The multi-level models also indicated that over time, there was no significance of search firm use in athletic director hires as it related to the three different performances measured. Implications for practitioners are discussed in the following study.
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  • Osborne, Barbara
  • Popp, Nels
  • Jensen, Jonathan
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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