Olympic Event Organization
Routledge – 2008 – 208 pages
Olympic Event Organization is the first text to address a number of important questions in contemporary mega-event management:
The examination of the Olympic Games event organization in the 10-year period, from bidding to post-games closing down, draws material from host cities to explore the types of interorganizational flows that take place at various stages for the Olympic Games to be delivered. Knowledge transfer from one host city to the next and an established organizational field also means that management practises sometimes follow some externally imposed organizing logics. The challenges faced by organizers are discussed and the tensions that a strong management template from the IOC creates are also examined. Finally, the issue of sustainability of the Olympic Games is identified along with an analysis of the ways in which the concepts of impact are appropriated by the various stakeholders involved with the Olympic Games as they attempt to influence public opinion.
Written in an accessible and insightful manner Olympic Event Organization is essential reading for both academics and practitioners alike.
Part I: Perspectives; Chapter 1 – Structures in Context; Chapter 2 – ‘Mega’ Organizing; Part II: The Olympic Movement; Chapter 3 – Olympic Organizations; Chapter 4 - Organizing in the Olympic Context; Part III: Olympic Event Organization; Chapter 5 – Bidding and Selection Phase Organizational Activity; Chapter 6 – Planning and Delivering Phase Organizational Activity; Epilogue.
Dr. Eleni Theodoraki is Reader in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University Business School, UK. In March 2010 she was appointed Core Commissioner in the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 by the London Mayor.