Lessons and Challenges Facing Sport Mega-Events in Emerging Economies: The Case of Santiago 2014

  • Gonzalo A. Bravo
  • David J. Shonk
  • Jorge Silva-Bórquez
  • Silvana González-Mesina
Part of the Mega Event Planning book series (MEGAEP)


Drawing upon institutional theory within the context of emerging markets, we argue that the defining characteristics and outcomes of large-scale first-order events will be replicated in smaller-scale events. This chapter discusses the major findings of this case, suggesting that a number of outcomes and legacies reported in first-order SMEs also occurred in the South American Games. The three most salient outcomes identified in the Games included the direct tangible legacies for the sporting community, the capacity of the local organizing committee to deal with organizational complexity, and the capacity building that resulted from organizing this event. The use of institutional theory seems a plausible theoretical framework for future studies aiming to understand the dynamics that follow second- and third-order events in mimicking first-order SMEs.


Isomorphic trends Event outcomes and legacies Sporting community Organizational complexity Capacity building 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gonzalo A. Bravo
    • 1
  • David J. Shonk
    • 2
  • Jorge Silva-Bórquez
    • 3
  • Silvana González-Mesina
    • 4
  1. 1.Exercise and Sport SciencesWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Sport & Recreation ManagementJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA
  3. 3.Pontifical Catholic University of ChileSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Freelance JournalistSantiagoChile

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