Exploring the utility of collaborative governance in a national sport organisation.
Shilbury, D.; Ferkins, Dr Lesley
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Citation:Shilbury, D., and Ferkins, L. (2015, July). Exploring the utility of collaborative governance in a national sport organisation. Journal of Sport Management. (29/4). 380-397. DOI: 10.1123/jsm.2014-0139.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/4003
This paper presents the outcomes of an 18-month developmental action research study to enhance the governance capability of a national sport organization. Bowls Australia, the national governing body for lawn bowls in Australia, includes nine independent state and territory member - associations. An intervention was designed and implemented with the Bowls Australia Board. The purpose of the intervention was to enact collaborative governance to overcome a perceived cultural malaise in the governance of the sport. This study isone of the first to examine collaborative governance in a federal sport structure. Results demonstrate the utility of collaborative governance to overcome adversarial national, member-state relations for the purpose of establishing a common and unifying vision for bowls, while also enhancing governance capability. This study identified the importance of collective board leadership in governance decision-making throughout the sport. It also highlights future research directions in relation to collective board leadership in federal governance structures. [Post-print copy]