The Olympic Games: Managerial and Strategic Dimensions

Palgrave Macmillan
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Managing the Olympics, 2013, First, pp. 1 - 14
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Tile Olympics are, without doubt, the largest and most signifi cant IlIcga-event in the world, taking in a multitude of sports at both SumIlicr and Winter Games every two years. Planning for and staging the Olympics is one of the most complex tasks that event organizers and project management teams will ever undertake. The ambulatory nature of the Games, moving from one Olympic city to another every four yca rs, means that there are context-specific challenges for hosts, as wcll as start-up knowledge required for each event. Given the sca le, \cope and complexity of all th is, it is surprising that relatively little research has been published about the underlying logistics, organizaI ion and operation of the Olympic Games from event and project Ilianagement perspectives. The planning and delivery of such a massive enterprise, several years in the making but only two weeks by wily of performance, is of substantial interest to those vested with the responsibility of Olympic hosts. Beyond that, the planning and management of the Games is also important to those who analyse the Olympics, such as academics and journali sts, as well as those with an illterest in learning about how they are staged, such as teachers and sludents.
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