Configuring the Field of Play: How Hosting the Olympic Games Impacts Civic Community

30 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2008

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Mary Ann Glynn

Boston College - Carroll School of Management

Abstract

I theorize and empirically illustrate how the mega-event of the Olympic Games configures relational and symbolic systems within the host city. I focus on a field at the level of the local geographic community and explore how city character and traditions enable both persistence and change in institutional elements even when potentially disruptive events occur. I present two exploratory studies. The first shows how the event of the Olympics is rooted in the local field of the host city but varies by communities; the second explores the dynamics of configuring the field of one Olympic city: Atlanta, host of the 1996 Olympic Games.

Suggested Citation

Glynn, Mary Ann, Configuring the Field of Play: How Hosting the Olympic Games Impacts Civic Community. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 45, Issue 6, pp. 1117-1146, September 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1211496 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00785.x

Mary Ann Glynn (Contact Author)

Boston College - Carroll School of Management ( email )

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

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