Navigating austerity: balancing ‘desirability with viability’ in a third sector disability sports organisation

Walker, Catherine M. and Hayton, John (2017) Navigating austerity: balancing ‘desirability with viability’ in a third sector disability sports organisation. European Sport Management Quarterly, 17 (1). pp. 98-116. ISSN 1618-4742

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Research Question: Adopting a case study approach, this article draws upon resource dependence theory (RDT) to examine the impact of austerity upon a third sector sport organisation (TSSO) that specialises in delivering disability sport provision in Liverpool, England.

Research Methods: In-depth qualitative data were collected from 15 semi-structured interviews with senior officials belonging to the TSSO. Data were thematically analysed to explore stakeholders’ perspectives of how the wider fiscal environment has affected the organisation and how such impacts have been managed.

Results and Findings: The findings illustrate the financial challenges faced by the TSSO as a consequence of reductions in available funding. The article then demonstrates how the TSSO manages resources to weather such financial challenges and attempt to grow its delivery capability through partnership and network development.

Implications: This article identifies the implications imposed upon the TSSO in a time of austerity and explores, using an RDT lens, the management and growth strategies employed by the organisation to navigate these complex circumstances without compromising a steadfast commitment to its mission values.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Austerity, third sector organisation, resource dependence theory, disability sport, partnership
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 16:21
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 12:02

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