Good governance and The Norwegian Confederation of Sports: A qualitative document analysis of Åpenhetsutvalget’s report

In Norwegian

Hans Erik Næss
Department of Leadership and Organization, Kristiania University

Since the early 2000s The Norwegian Confederation of Sports (NIF) has encountered challenges related to organisational culture, accountability, and transparency. As a NIF-commissioned committee (”Åpenhetsutvalget”) as a response to these challenges published the report Innsyn, åpenhet og tillit in 2016, this article explores to what degree it answers to its mandate. Drawing upon theories of trust, organisational culture, and institutional logic, as well as qualitative document analysis (QDA), the controversial finding is not what the report includes, but what it does not address. While the report does describe certain needs for procedural change, it ignores the importance of organizational culture that makes transparency feasible as an institutional quality in the first place. As a result, the report excludes one of the most crucial facets for renewing public trust in NIF.

Click here to read this peer reviewed article in Norwegian, in Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum Vol. 10, 2019

HANS ERIK NÆSS (PhD sociology, University of Oslo) is Associate Professor in Sport Management at the Department of Leadership and Organization, Kristiania University College. His research interests sport governance, sporting events, and the relation between sport and politics. He has published articles on these topics in journals such as Journal of Global Sport Management and European Journal for Sport and Society. Currently he is working on a book about the organizational history of the Fédération Internationale l’Automobile (FIA), since 1904 the governing body of world motorsports.

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