Constraints and Strategies to Scaling Up in Sport for Development and Peace Organizations: Evidence From the Field

Jon Welty Peachey, Adam Cohen, Nari Shin

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore and examine the constraints faced by managers as they attempt to scale up their sport for development and peace (SDP) organizations, and to identify the strategies they are employing to mitigate these constraints. Previous research has not examined constraints to scaling up in the SDP nonprofit space. Findings revealed three major themes related to challenges within four types of scaling up (quantitative, functional, political, organizational); skepticism about sport as a development tool, funding challenges leading to an entrepreneurial mind-set, and challenges associated with a general lack of business acumen among key leaders. Within each of these three themes, strategies for addressing these constraints are illuminated. These constraints and strategies are positioned within the broader nonprofit context, and theoretical and practical implications for scaling up SDP organizations are also explicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-630
Number of pages20
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Keywords

  • nonprofit management
  • organizational constraints
  • sport for development and peace
  • theory of scaling up

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