Tennis for Everyone? Identifying the Core and Aligning the Competencies : A Smashing Study of Bankeryds Tennisklubb
AbstractIn 1974 - 81 Björn Borg conquered the tennis courts and his opponents around the world (International Tennis Hall of Fame, 2006). Today Jonas Björkman, Robin Söderling and Joachim "Pim-Pim" Johansson are the most successful Swedish tennis players according to the ATP ranking (2007). Svenska Tennisförbundet (2007) has a vision, that through the engagement of tennis clubs around Sweden secure the position as a world leading tennis nation. Bankeryd Tennisklubb is one of those engaged tennis clubs and is situated in Bankeryd, a smaller village in the outskirts of Jönköping. The organization was established in 1958 and has 230 members. They are striving to achieve a feeling of “we” among its members (Bankeryds Tennisklubb, 2007).Bankeryd’s Tennisklubb wants to find out what their core activity is and if this is clear to their members. Therefore the purpose of this thesis is to examine the core activity of Bankeryd’s Tennisklubb to improve and strengthen the organization’s brand. Core activity within business and organizations is the inner core of importance, the main thing about a service or a product according to Eagan and Harker (2005). This is in turn dependent on the core competencies discovered within the organization (Beech & Chadwick, 2004). The theoretical framework also includes brand management and since the core activity of BTK is interrelated with the brand BTK the two concepts are not separated.To answer the purpose a questionnaire was distributed among the members of Bankeryd’s Tennisklubb. To get a deeper understanding about the feelings of the members, four focus groups were carried out. The data collected was then analyzed with the support of the theoretical framework.From the analysis it was found that the members thought the core activity of BTK should be the tennis practice and that the feeling of “we” at the club and that surrounding activities are less important. The deciding factor of whether or not to stay as members within the club was the quality level of the tennis practice. Conclusions drawn are that BTK should focus more on tennis practice but not be a professionalized club striving to reach the elite by themselves. With the “we” feeling and the corporate culture combined with knowledge about customer expectations on high-quality tennis practice they can build a stronger brand.
School:Högskolan i Jönköping
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:brand management core activity customer satisfaction service
Date of Publication:03/10/2008