The Faculty of Graduate Studies is shining a spotlight on one of our very own graduate students, Lindsay Smith.
After graduating from Brock University’s Sport Management program in 2015, Lindsay Smith travelled to the Pacific Island nation of Samoa, as part of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program, to work at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
This international multi-sport competition, held over two weeks in September in the nation’s capital city of Apia, was eye opening for Smith.
Being part of the workforce for an international multi-sport competition gave Smith a firsthand perspective of employment within the major games industry and, in particular, the vital role of employees in the organization and operation of major game events such as the Olympics, Pan Am Games and the Commonwealth Games.
Smith’s experience at the Commonwealth Youth Games now frames her research direction as a Master of Arts student under the supervision of Professor Kirsty Spence.
She is at the early stages of a study to better understand the impact of leadership on the development of employees’ perceived workplace fulfillment in the major games industry.
“Major games are extremely high intensity and are prone to change with little to no notice given to its employees,” says Smith. “After being exposed to the workings of major games myself, I became interested in exploring how employees feel when there is so much chaos in their jobs and how different leadership styles can impact them in these situations.”
The impact of Smith’s research is rooted in discovering the experience that major game employees have at work. While much of our time is spent in the workplace, Smith seeks to discover if employee needs can be met in a broader sense – where meaning developed at work transcends the workplace, nourishing the personal lives of employees, and if this is important to employees lives both inside and outside of the work context.
Major games leaders will benefit from Smith’s research as it seeks to provide increased insight into the potential needs of employees. Additionally, her research may have direct implications to sport organizations and major games events, as employees who experience workplace fulfillment are said to be more productive, a factor that contributes to overall organizational productivity and success.
In May, Smith will be presenting her research at the Canadian Congress on Leisure Research (CCLR) conference in Waterloo, Ontario, and the North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) conference in Denver, Colorado.