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Purpose To compare between actual and expected experiences of the management of Thai para table tennis team based on value-chain theory.
Methods Fifty-seven informants participated in this study. The population was divided into three groups: 7 members of board of directors and/or key sponsors, 20 national coaches and supporting staff, and 30 former or current Thailand’s para table tennis players. A set of questionnaires and a semi-structured interview were used to collect the data from each group. The face validity and the reliability for the first group were 1.00 and 0.93, while those of the second group were 0.96 and 0.84, and those of the third group were 0.95 and 0.88. The results obtained from the three sets of questionnaires were statistically analyzed in terms of frequency, percentage, means, and standard deviation.
Results There was only little discrepancy between the actual and expected experiences perceived among the three groups. The mean values of discrepancy between the actual and expected outcomes for the three groups were 1.97, 2.13, and 2.39, respectively. Further analysis suggested that the greatest difference perceived among the three groups was follow-up issues where the second and the third group perceived a moderate discrepancy between the actual and expected outcomes, but the first group felt small discrepancy between the actual and expected outcomes
Conclusion The findings revealed that the three groups had similar opinions towards the actual and expected perceptions. Only one aspect which was the follow-up of the former players had moderate difference from the reality.
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