The implementation of the sports community’s sustainability program from the Finnish olympic committee to the sports federations and clubs
School of Business | Master's thesis
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Management and International Business (MIB)
AbstractThe purpose of this master's thesis is to describe how the sports community’s sustainability program has been implemented from the Finnish Olympic Committee to sports federations and clubs. The theoretical background is based on various definitions of sustainability as well as theories and research related to implementing sustainability at inter-organizational context. The aim is to outline the sustainability strategy of the sports organizations and the related practices as well as how the implementation of the sustainability program is influenced between the Finnish Olympic Committee, sports federations and clubs. The empirical research was conducted using qualitative research methods. The research is a case study which data was collected by interviewing altogether nine representatives of different sports organizations. The analysis of the transcribed interviews was carried out as a content analysis using both a deductive and an inductive approach. The results of the analysis are based on the reduction, classification and conceptualization of the interview data. The findings of the thesis specify the sustainability practices of the sports organizations and the inter-organizational influence regarding sustainability as well as determine the sustainability strategy of the sports organizations. Further research is suggested on analyzing the diversity of sports organizations as a meta-organization.
Thesis advisorRintamäki, Jukka
sustainability, sports organization, implementation, inter-organizational