Research Handbook on Sport Governance
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Research Handbook on Sport Governance

Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Sports governance has developed into a considerable field of research, and has piqued many researchers’ interest worldwide. What’s more, recent scandals that have affected the world of sport can be directly related to misgovernance. Research Handbook on Sport Governance aims to gather the state-of-the art research on sports governance. It offers a vital reference point for advancing research on the matter, while illustrating different approaches and perspectives, such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance.
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Chapter 26: Succession and good governance

Tracy Taylor and Leigh Robinson


Planning for and managing succession is an often-neglected component in sport organizations. Succession planning is a strategic process undertaken to ensure the best possible leadership and the right capabilities for the organization. Typically, succession planning focuses on board members and executive leadership positions. A continual renewal of personnel provides scope to capitalize on emerging opportunities and ensure relevancy in a dynamic and rapidly changing sport environment. Sport bodies require a constantly evolving set of board and executive capabilities. However, the many high profile examples of sport governance failures over the past few years highlight the need for better board and executive leadership evaluation, timely turnover and renewal of positions and roles, and mentoring and building of talent. This chapter highlights the key steps in succession planning, outlines the benefits and challenges in its implementation and discusses how succession management can improve the governance of sport bodies.

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