International sport federations’ commercialisation: a qualitative comparative analysis

Clausen, Josephine; Bayle, Emmanuel; Giauque, David; Ruoranen, Kaisa Reetta; Lang, Grazia; Schlesinger, Torsten; Klenk, Christoffer; Nagel, Siegfried (2018). International sport federations’ commercialisation: a qualitative comparative analysis. European Sport management quarterly, 18(3), pp. 373-392. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/16184742.2017.1406970

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Research question: This study examines the conditions and
configurations that particularly influence International Federations’
(IFs) commercialisation.
Research method: Crisp-set qualitative comparative analysis
(csQCA) is used to determine the conditions that are related to an
IFs’ commercialisation. Sixteen interviews were conducted in six
Olympic IFs and one international sport umbrella organisation.
Results and findings: The findings reveal a variety of high and low
commercialisation configurations. Specialisation is a key condition
in both high and low commercialisation, and social media
engagement is central in high commercialisation. Strategic
planning and low accountability have low degrees of overlap with
high commercialisation outcomes. With 13 out of 22 IFs achieving
high levels of commercialisation, the findings demonstrate that IFs
are increasingly developing business-like behaviours.
Implications: The findings highlight the importance of
specialisation and social media engagement to achieve high
commercialisation. However, when IFs assume a monetisation
agenda, there are associated risks such as stakeholder legitimacy,
mission drift, goal vagueness and adherence to good governance
principles.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

UniBE Contributor:

Ruoranen, Kaisa Reetta; Lang, Grazia; Schlesinger, Torsten; Klenk, Christoffer and Nagel, Siegfried

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1618-4742

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Funders:

[4] Swiss National Science Foundation

Projects:

[UNSPECIFIED] Professionalization in Sport Federations

Language:

English

Submitter:

Kaisa Reetta Ruoranen

Date Deposited:

19 Feb 2018 15:14

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 07:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/16184742.2017.1406970

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.110557

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/110557

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