Discovering Network Legitimacy in the Fitness Industry: A Case Study of REPs NZ

Publisher:
American Press
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
International Journal of Sport Management, 2016, 17 (1), pp. 129 - 153
Issue Date:
2016-01-01
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Fitness industry registers may strategically attempt to enhance their field’s professional legitimacy via self-imposed regulation. Incorporating a conceptual framework of organisational legitimacy, this study identifies how 12 Auckland fitness centre managers perceive register affiliation. Representatives from the New Zealand Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs NZ) and Fitness New Zealand also contributed. Findings suggest participants are aware of the industry regulation concept, but opinions are mixed and member benefits are observed as minimal. Tensions exist between affiliates and non-affiliates regarding observed substantive/symbolic affiliate behaviours and the actual/perceived role of REPs NZ. Organisations act strategically and institutionally to acquire legitimacy through affiliation.
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