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Collaborations between National Olympic Committees and public authorities

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posted on 27.04.2020, 13:10 by Henk-Erik Meier, Borja Garcia-GarciaBorja Garcia-Garcia
1. Purpose The primary purpose of the project was to empirically map collaborations between National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and public authorities in diverse regional and cultural context. 2.Objectives Regarding practical implications, the project aimed to identify best practice examples for suc-cessful collaborations between NOCs and public authorities and to provide empirically sup-ported guidance on how to structure collaborative relationships between the NOCs and public authorities. In terms of academic relevance, the project intended to expand the knowledge about key institutions in global sport governanceby examining the autonomy, control and governance contributions of NOCs. The project aimed to make the contributions of NOCs to domestic sport policies evident as well as different ways how NOCs pursue the goals of the Olympic Move-ment. Moreover, the project inquired how and to what extent NOCs are in control of these collaborations. Hence, the academic objective of the project was to contribute to a more general theory on sport governance, which pays attention to political and culture diversity. 3.Methodology The projectemployed an analytical case study approach. More precisely, we conducted com-parative analytical case studies on collaborations between NOCs and public authorities by ap-plying a policy perspective. The fine-grained investigation of policy specific collaborations re-lied on the content analysis of policy documents, collaboration agreement, project records etc. as well as on a more than fifty expert interviews. Each case study included interviews from three NOC members of staff, governmental authorities, externals. The first part of the interview guide was dedicated to basic structural features of NOC-government collaborations. The second part of the guide addressed the management of specific collaborations. Data analysis followed the iterative procedure as out(Miles & Huberman, 1994). The coding of the material was done both inductively and deductively (Braun and Clarke2006:83; see also Braun, Clarke & Weate,2016).


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Final report for The IOC Olympic Studies Centre Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2018/2019 Award.




Dr Borja Garcia Garcia. Deposit date: 24 April 2020