Gender, Leadership, and Governance in English National Governing Bodies of Sport: Formal Structures, Rules, and Processes

Piggott, Lucy and Matthews, Jordan (2020) Gender, Leadership, and Governance in English National Governing Bodies of Sport: Formal Structures, Rules, and Processes. Journal of Sport Management. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1543-270X

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Abstract

Within this article, the authors explore the extent to which the administrative and governance hierarchies, rules, and processes of two English national governing bodies (NGBs) reproduce or resist gender segregation and male dominance within their leadership and governance. Drawing on Bourdieu’s theory of practice, the authors expand upon current literature to better understand the workings of gender power relations at the structural level of organizational practice. Semistructured interviews with male and female leaders were supplemented by an analysis of formal documents. The authors found that gender power relations privileging men were simultaneously conserved and resisted within the two NGBs. While resistance to male-dominated leadership and governance was evident, transformational organizational change was lacking. This highlighted the limitations of strategies being primarily driven through top-down, policy-based approaches. The authors end the article by emphasizing the importance of a combined approach at the structural, cultural, and individual levels to enable sustainable and transformational organizational change.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1088 Men
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
Divisions: Research Centres > Anita White Foundation
Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Depositing User: Jordan Matthews
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 09:46
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 15:55
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5586

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