Governance & management

  • Governance, management and performance of sport organizations
  • Integrity, sporting ethics and social responsibility
  • Marketing and sponsoring of sport
  • Organization of sports events and heritage
  • Lives and careers (executives, athletes, etc.)

This research theme examines the specificities of the governance and management of sport organizations (Olympic committees, federations, event organizers, etc.). The issues of ethics and social responsibility play an essential role in understanding and measuring overall organizational performance. Hence, it is necessary to study violations of ethics (match-fixing, sports betting, corruption, etc.) in order to understand their consequences in terms of crisis management and governance reforms. This research theme also covers the weight of brands and the intangible value of sport in sports sponsorship.   


Researchers working on this theme:

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Institute of Sports Sciences

  • Olivier Aubel – Assistant professor
  • Emmanuel Bayle - Associate professor
  • Estelle Brülhart - Doctoral student
  • Bertrand Fincoeur - SNSF senior researcher
  • Marc Langenbach - First assistant

Institute of Political, Historical and International Studies

  • David Giauque - Associate professor
  • Hervé Rayner - Assistant professor

Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration

  • Dawn Aquilina - Researcher
  • Jean-Loup Chappelet - Full professor
  • Antoine Fournier – Doctoral student
  • Olivier Mutter – Doctoral student, teaching assistant
  • Joël Pinson - Doctoral student

Faculty of Business and Economics

Department of Organizational Behavior

  • John Antonakis - Full professor
  • Nicolas Bastardoz – Doctoral student
  • Marianne Schmid Mast - Full professor

(Fairness, diversity, tolerance, stress management, leadership)

Department of Accounting and Auditing

  • Daniel Oyon - Full professor (Financial and accounting analysis of sport organizations)

Department of Marketing

  • Felicitas Morhart - Full professor (Brands and sport)

Department of Operations

  • Valérie Chavez Demoulin - Full professor
  • Olivier Gallay – Assistant professor

(Data analysis, statistical models and forecasts, scheduling, risk management)
Department of Strategy

  • Jean-Philippe Bonardi - Full professor

(Strategies of sport organizations, government-international institution relations, reputation management, CSR)

Department of Information Systems

  • Periklis Andritsos - Full professor (Analysis of big data and sport)

Major publications on this research theme:

  • Aubel O., Ohl F. (2015), Le WorldTour, la précarité des coureurs cyclistes professionnels et la question du dopage, Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, 209, pp. 28-41, DOI : 10.3917/arss.209.0028
  • Bayle E. et Rayner H. (2016), Sociology of a scandal: the emergence of ‘FIFAgate’, Soccer and society, Routledge, septembre
  • Bayle E., Giauque D., Nagel S. et Schlessinger T.,  Professionalisation of sports federations in Switzerland : origins, forms and consequences (Fonds National de Reherche  Suisse) 2014-2018
  • E. Bayle, J-L. Chappelet, A. François & L. Maltese,  Sport et RSE. Vers un management responsable ? Bruxelles : De Boeck Editions, 2011
  • Chappelet J.-L. (2016). From Olympic Administration to Olympic Governance. Sport in Society, vol. 19.6: 739-51.
  • Chappelet J.-L. (2015). Autonomy and governance: necessary bedfellows in the fight against corruption in sport in Global Corruption Report 2015: Sport (Transparency International, Eds.).
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