The Legacy-Factor: Towards conceptual clarification in the sport event context

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Alana Thomson, PhD Candidate (presenter)
Dr. Katie Schlenker
Dr. Nico Schulenkorf

University of Technology, Sydney

International Event Research Symposium
7th July 2009, Gold Coast

Full paper available: Thomson, A., Schlenker, K., & Schulenkorf, N. (2009, 6-8 July). The Legacy-Factor: Towards conceptual clarification in the sport event context. Paper presented at the International Event Management Research Symposium, Gold Coast, Australia, pp.360-374.

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The Legacy-Factor: Towards conceptual clarification in the sport event context

  1. 1. The Legacy-Factor: Towards conceptual clarification in the sport event context Alana Thomson, PhD Candidate (presenter) Dr. Katie Schlenker Dr. Nico Schulenkorf University of Technology, Sydney International Event Research Symposium 7 th July 2009, Gold Coast Full paper available: Thomson, A., Schlenker, K., & Schulenkorf, N. (2009, 6-8 July). The Legacy-Factor: Towards conceptual clarification in the sport event context. Paper presented at the International Event Management Research Symposium, Gold Coast, Australia, pp.360-374.
  2. 2. Research Background & Aim <ul><li>Legacy as a justification for government involvement in special events </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term outcomes for a host city from staging an event (Hiller, 2003; Pruess, 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistent conceptualisation of legacy within a strategic applications </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to clarification of legacy understanding in the sport event context </li></ul>
  3. 3. Research Design <ul><li>Literature review for current definitions from 1991-2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Event Management, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sport Management & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Planning contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inductive iterative analysis - thematic identification of 5 key considerations - 14 definitions assessed </li></ul><ul><li>Further review of literature </li></ul>
  4. 4. Results & Discussion <ul><li>5 key considerations for Legacy identified </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Terminology – use of ‘legacy’ as opposed to another term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legacy as automatically bestowed or needing to be planned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Temporal nature of legacy – permanent or long-term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legacy as positive and/or negative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legacy as a local and global concept </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Conclusions & Implications <ul><li>Increase in legacy justifications, but limited conceptual development </li></ul><ul><li>Clear conceptualisations – accountability and transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Further research – empirical application of the key considerations – event lifecycle </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key References <ul><li>Hiller, H. (2003). Toward a Science of Olympic Outcomes: The Urban Legacy. Paper presented at the Legacy of the Olympic Games 1984-2000, International Symposium. </li></ul><ul><li>Preuss, H. (2007). The Conceptualisation and Measurement of Mega Sport Tourism. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 12(3-4), 207-227. </li></ul>

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