Perceptions of Sport Governance and Performance in United Arab Emirates

Abdulfattah Yaghi, Rashed Almutawwa

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This study examines the perceptions of sport regulators and executives on national sport. Mann–Whitney test and exploratory factor analyses reveal the lacking of unified interpretations of sport performance and governance between sport state regulators and sport executives. While regulators impose reform policies, sport executives perceive these policies as being jurisdictionally external, bureaucratic, and trespassing. Sport executives resist change by establishing a parallel organisational culture based on their interpretation of good governance and excellence. National sport performance is vulnerable to continuous mismatch as regulators insist on implementing reforms and sport executives seek more state funding and more institutional autonomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-131
Number of pages19
JournalPublic Organization Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • Arab
  • Governance
  • Institutional theory
  • Leadership
  • Olympic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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