Interacting constraints shape emergent decision-making of referees

Russell, Scott Raymond (2013) Interacting constraints shape emergent decision-making of referees. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


How and why football referees made decisions was investigated. A constructivist grounded theory methodology was undertaken to tap into the experiential knowledge of referees. The participant cohort comprised 7 A-League referees (aged 23 to 35) and 8 local Brisbane league referees (aged 20 to 50), spanning the lowest to highest levels of competition in men’s football in Australia. Results found that referees used ‘four pillars’ to underpin their judgments, these were conceptual notions of: safety, fairness, accuracy and entertainment. A fifth pillar ‘consistency’ referred to the referee’s ‘contextual sensitivity’. Results were explained using an ecological dynamics framework that emphasises the individual-environment scale of analysis. It was concluded that interacting constraints shape emergent decision-making in referees which are nested in task goals.

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ID Code: 61021
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Renshaw, Ian & Davids, Keith W.
Keywords: constraints, constructivist grounded theory, dynamical systems theory, complex, ecological dynamics, association football, referees, decision-making, game management, context, action, perception
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2013 22:12
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:26

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