Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Management, faculty of sport sciences , Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, Iran

2 Professor, Department of Sport Management, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor Department of Psychology, Payame Noor University, Iran


This study aimed to develop a model of organizational identification based on organizational intelligence and mediated by an organizational development among Iranian staff working on some sport federations. A correlation experiment was conducted using a structural equation modeling. In this research, statistical sample included 372 subjects chosen randomly among all 703 Iranian managers and staff employed in sport federations. They were required to fill in three related questionnaires i.e. organizational identification (Cheny, 1983), organizational development (Lok Crawford, 2000), and organizational intelligence (Albrecht, 2002) qualified by face validity and reliability. The data were analyzed using Kolmogorov–Smirnov, Pearson correlation coefficient and structural equation modeling. The data were analyzed using SPSS24 and LISREL8.5. The results showed that organizational intelligence had a significant effect on organizational development with a coefficient of 0.84 and a coefficient of 0.25 on organizational identity (P <0.01).Organizational development with a coefficient of 0.65 has a significant effect on organizational identity of sports federations (P <0.01). Organizational intelligence with coefficient of 0.55 indirectly affected organizational identity (P <0.01). According to findings of this research, it is strongly recommended to consider the useful roles of organizational identification and organizational development in order to improve organizational identification of sport federations. Accordingly, the relevant authorities of sport federations shall make appropriate decisions over employing organizational intelligence in line with improving organizational development directly and organizational identification indirectly of staff employed in sport federations.


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