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Navigating Austerity: Balancing ‘Desirability with Viability’ in a Third Sector Disability Sports Organisation.

Hayton, JW and Walker, C (2016) Navigating Austerity: Balancing ‘Desirability with Viability’ in a Third Sector Disability Sports Organisation. European Sport Management Quarterly, 17 (1). pp. 98-116. ISSN 1746-031X

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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 was 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: 1504 Commercial Services
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2018 09:49
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 04:12
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/16184742.2016.1210190
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4093
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