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Sport management reform, national competitiveness and Olympic glory in the People’s Republic of China.

  The paper traces the People's Republic of China's (PRC) efforts to modernize its public sector through economic reforms, and explores the effects of these on the country's sport structures. More specifically the research reported here investigates the nature of the sport management reforms and how these were linked to efforts to attract the Olympic games. The research draws on the conceptual framework of new managerialism, organizational analyses of Chinese organizations and culture specific accounts of organizational realities in the PRC. The data collected from interviews, observations and other documents was qualitatively analysed and the findings give evidence of modernization of sport structures over the last twenty years as well as some persistent outdated practices and management inexperience. The discussion on the development of the sport industry also reveals how the economic reforms helped the PRC' s Olympic bids. With the preparation for the forthcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics well under way, the pressure is on for further accelerated modernization.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    01 October 2004

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Taylor and Francis

  • DOI:

    10.1080/1360671042000317289

  • ISSN:

    1360-6719

  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    796 Athletic & outdoor sports & games

Citation

Theodoraki, E. (2004). Sport management reform, national competitiveness and Olympic glory in the People’s Republic of China. Managing Leisure. 9, 193-211. doi:10.1080/1360671042000317289. ISSN 1360-6719

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Keywords

People’s Republic of China’s (PRC); sport management; Olympic Games; new managerialism;

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