The Australian sport system and its stakeholders: development of cooperative relationships

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Title The Australian sport system and its stakeholders: development of cooperative relationships
Author Sotiriadou, Popi
Journal Name Sport in Society
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The way the Australian sport system arrested its unrelenting decline in the 1970s to become a model of best practice perplexes many countries. This essay aims to give an insight into the way the system was transformed and became successful. The essay reviews the decline, and then the evolution and devolution of the system, and analyses the stakeholders involved, and the inter relationships developed to achieve success. The study is based on a document analysis examining 74 annual reports from 35 national sporting organizations over a period of four years, before and after the Sydney Olympic Games. The results of the study show that in the face of financial instability and an over-reliance on government funding, sport stakeholders sought alternative sources of income, amalgamated or worked in collaboration with other stakeholders, and/or opted for intra-organizational cooperation. The sport system in Australia has proven resilient and able to adapt to an ever-changing environment via the cooperation of its stakeholders and their willingness to work together towards a common goal.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430430903053067
Volume 12
Issue Number 7
Page from 842
Page to 860
ISSN 1743-0445
Date Accessioned 2011-12-13
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:30:51Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Sport and Leisure Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42150
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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