A research synthesis of organizational forms for events legacy delivery

Kylie Wasser, Landy Di Lu, Laura Misener

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In this chapter, we systematically examine the scholarly literature regarding past legacy delivery organizational forms to enhance understanding of how to better organize and execute sustainable legacy strategies. From the research synthesis conducted, five distinct organizational forms responsible for delivering legacy have been found, with varying degrees of success in their strategic delivery of legacy objectives: 1) hybrid Organizing Committee (OC); 2) government-directed OC; 3) national governing organization; 4) individual tactics/entrepreneurial organizational form; and 5) non-profit organizational collaboration. This chapter shows that localized OCs or distinct non-profit collaboration had an increased number of event impacts reported as realized. This chapter also reveals that the distinction from the OC allowed some collaborative forms to focus increasingly on delivering localized outcomes, while using the network and legitimacy to execute strategies. Further, this chapter provides insight into how host communities can consider event leveraging even if they are not attached or considered part of the event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Event Impacts
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781839109256
ISBN (Print)9781839109249
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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© Nicholas Wise and Kelly Maguire 2022.


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