Organizational issues in Olympic Games: A systematic review

Tiago Ribeiro, Abel Correia, Rui Biscaia, Tom Bason

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The purpose of this study is to extend previous research on organisational issues of sport mega-events through the development of a framework for the Olympic Games. A three-step approach was taken. Firstly, a systematic literature review was conducted based on journal articles, academic books and official reports published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Games Organising Committees (OGOC). Secondly, the issues identified within the media regarding the 2016 Olympic Games were analysed. Lastly, semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten stakeholders to further examine the organisational issues of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. A new extended conceptual framework of organisational issues associated with the Olympic Games is then proposed. Issue categories faced by the organising committee include politics, marketing, media and visibility, financial, planning, negotiation and ethics, operations, infrastructure, human resources, social, environmental and legacy. These 12 dimensions of organisational issues account for a total of 76 specific issues. The paper provides critical information to aid the IOC and OGOCs in understanding organisational issues that may arise in future of Olympic Games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-154
Number of pages20
JournalEvent Management
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Issues management
  • Olympic Games
  • Organisational issues
  • Sport mega-events
  • Systematic review


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