Governance, management and performance of international sports organisations

Head: Emmanuel Bayle

How are world sport bodies such as the IOC and international sports federations governed? What performance/success do they achieve? Can we link them to their management practices that tend towards greater professionalization?

The steering and success of these organizations can only be analysed at the headquarters level but also in terms of their ability to lead a network of continental, national organizations (National Olympic Committee and national federations), regional and local (clubs).

The mechanisms and mechanisms for animating these networks of organizations are complex to analyse and study methodologically (access and consolidation of data).

Their performance is also complex because it is multi-dimensional: sporting (development of sport), social (quality of internal social climate and elected/volunteer/employee relations), economic/financial, organizational, media and promotional but also societal (sustainability impacts) that they achieve? The challenge is to measure and report on these multiple performances, some of which are little taken into account and evaluated.

Their governance is both systemic (the Olympic system and the eco-systems specific to each sport at the international level), political (the relations between public authorities and these sports organisations) and organisational (how these sports organisations are run and controlled at their headquarters and network level).

The Olympic and Federal sports world, hybridized between several logic of associative functioning, public service and commercial, is complex. New issues (sustainability, integrity, solidarity, etc.), players and regulatory mechanisms are emerging that question their legitimacy and even their survival based on the European model of sport based on clubs and volunteerism.

The objectives here are to understand how the governance of Olympic and federal sport is evolving in a more globalized, hypermediatized and competitive context. This means adopting the regulatory mechanisms and management practices of sports organizations, which today must be more inclusive and responsible in order to put sport at the heart of social issues.


Researchers at UNIL Position
Pr Emmanuel Bayle Associate professor
Pr Jean-Loup Chappelet Professor emeritus
Dr Joséphine Clausen Senior FNS researcher
Pr Markus Lang Associate professor
Pr Mickaël Terrien Assistant professor
External researchers Position/Affiliate
Dr Phil Joo Moon Lecturer, Namseoul University (South Korea)
Mickael Mrkonjic Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM
Siegfried Nagel University of Bern
Chien-Chun Tzeng National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences, Taiwan