Expertise in soccer teams: A thematic inquiry into the role of Shared Mental Models within team chemistry

Gershgoren, Lael and Basevitch, Itay and Filho, Edson and Gershgoren, Aaron and Brill, Yaron S. and Schinke, Robert J. and Tenenbaum, Gershon (2016) Expertise in soccer teams: A thematic inquiry into the role of Shared Mental Models within team chemistry. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 24. pp. 128-139. ISSN 1878-5476

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Aims: The purpose of the current study was to establish a conceptual framework of team chemistry components in sport with an emphasis on Shared Mental Models (SMM). Method: Elite soccer coaches (n = 6) and players (n = 3) were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. An inductive thematic analysis was employed to analyze the data. Results: Four themes related to team chemistry components were identified: (1) members' characteristics (i.e., demographic data, on-field characteristics, and member's ego), (2) coach–players interactions (i.e., professional interaction and emotional intelligence of coaches), (3) interactions among the players (i.e., professional understanding, efficacy beliefs, team cohesion, players' emotional intelligence, team roles, and goals), and (4) interactions with environmental factors (i.e., owners, management, fans, and media). Conclusions: The cognitive components of the team chemistry model were clustered to establish a conceptual framework of SMM. Furthermore, the cognitive-affective-social-behavioral linkage of team chemistry and athletic performance is examined in light of the emerged model and conceptual framework. Implications and future directions are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Team chemistry, Shared Mental Models, Team performance, Cohesion, Shared cognition, Shared knowledge, Team mental models
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Itay Basevitch
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 15:23
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:14

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