Interorganisational conflict between national and provincial sport organisations within China's elite sport system: Perspectives from national organisations

Zheng, Jinming, Lau, Wing Chung, Chen, Shushu, Dickson, Geoff, De Bosscher, Veerle and Peng, Qi (2019) Interorganisational conflict between national and provincial sport organisations within China's elite sport system: Perspectives from national organisations. Sport Management Review, 22 (5). pp. 667-681. ISSN 1441-3523

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Abstract

This article examines interorganisational conflict between provincial and national sport organisations in China. The study is underpinned by the literature on interorganisational relationships particularly on interorganisational conflict. The three case studies are artistic gymnastics, swimming, and cycling. The primary data was generated via eleven semi-structured interviews with staff from the relevant national-level sport organisations. Secondary data was sourced from official publications, websites, and influential domestic media. The key finding is that, whilst famed for its top-down bureaucratic system, there is considerable interorganisational conflict within the Chinese sport system. The extent and characteristics of the national-provincial conflict vary between sports. But there is also some consistency regarding the causes of the conflict and the measures adopted to mitigate the tension. Interorganisational conflict provides a useful heuristic for articulating and understanding the interorganisational relationships within the Chinese elite sport system and hence advance elite sport management research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict, Elite sport, Interorganisational relationships, Olympic games, Power
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 08:53
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 16:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36039

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