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Governance in regional sports organisations: An analysis of the Catalan sports federations

Muñoz, Joshua, Solanellas, Francesc, Crespo, Miguel, Kohe, Geoffery Z. (2023) Governance in regional sports organisations: An analysis of the Catalan sports federations. Cogent Social Sciences, 9 (1). Article Number 2209372. ISSN 2331-1886. (doi:10.1080/23311886.2023.2209372) (KAR id:101525)


In recent decades there has been an increasing concern among stakeholders surrounding sport organisations regarding the implementation of governance principles and processes. It is believed that these can help them to overcome sustainability problems and to promote organisational success. This research aims to analyse the governance of Catalan sports federations (CSFs), an area that has not been analysed to date. The study, based on previous approaches in the sport management literature, proposes a model to measure three dimensions considered key to good governance in sport organisations: democracy and participation, ethics and integrity, and accountability and transparency, which are measured by quantitative performance indicators. 38 CSFs were assessed, and the results showed considerable room for improvement with respect to metrics in divergent areas of organisational governance. Six clusters were determined using the Hierarchical Ascending Classification, and statistical correlations were also found between the dimensions analysed and the size of the organisations. In addition to the interest for stakeholders in the context of Catalonia, the authors believe that this research supports recent calls for good governance in sport and can serve as a foothold for scholars to investigate other contexts.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/23311886.2023.2209372
Uncontrolled keywords: governance; sport organisations governance; sustainability; organisational performance; sport governing bodies; regional sport federations
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Funders: National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (
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Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2023 14:24 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:54 UTC
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