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Measurement of organizational performance in national sport governing bodies domains: a scoping review


This article examines the literature in Organizational Performance (OP) measurement in National Sport Governing Bodies (NSGBs). A scoping review was conducted involving a comprehensive search of all published literature between 1980 and 2022. The results showed a paucity of empirical studies published in scientific journals (N = 27), with an increase in publications in recent years. Quantitative approaches were highlighted as the most applied; and was reported that 60% of the studies were carried out in four countries, with small samples. Furthermore, the thematic analysis revealed that most of the research designs applied a multi model approach, while the factorial analysis carried out help identifying how models and OP macro-dimensions had have relate to each other among the studies reviewed. In this way, the study provides the first attempt to extensively review the literature on OP in NSGBs as well as provides insights of future research directions in the field.

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  1. Following the same line as Winand et al. (2014), when authors focused their research in analysing stakeholders’ perceptions in isolation, we considered this category as a single macro-dimension. The analysis then, was carried out considering 21 macro-dimensions.


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The authors thank the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia for providing the necessary support for this study.


This study has been part of the research project with code 2019-PINEF-00006 and was supported by a grant from the Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya (FI–2020) and the European Social Fund.

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Muñoz, J., Solanellas, F. Measurement of organizational performance in national sport governing bodies domains: a scoping review. Manag Rev Q (2023).

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  • National sport governing bodies
  • Organizational performance
  • Scoping review

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  • D71
  • D83
  • L25
  • L30