News: February 2017

Reykjavik International Games Lecture

Michael Pedersen gave a lecture about good governance in sport at a sport management conference in the context of the 2017 Reykjavik International Games. The conference was organized by The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland and Reykjavik University Coaches. It took place in Reykjavik, Iceland on 2 February 2017. Approx. 150 participants were in the audience, mainly leaders from Icelandic national sport organizations.

In the lecture, Michael offered his perspectives on the strategic imperative of good governance in sport and how it provides a foundation for building trust, growth and performance into the future. He also shared his holistic framework for developing consensus on the scope of sport governance issues. The framework includes dimensions such as internal governance, athletic governance, event governance and ‘sport in society’ governance. Last but not least, Michael Pedersen shared some of his written cases on evolving good governance practices in sport organizations around the world.

Jane Allen, Chief Executive Officer of British Gymnastics and Duffy Mahoney, Director of High Performance Programs at USA Track & Field also lectured in the context of the conference.

The 2017 Reykjavik International Games brought together approx. 500 athletes from more than 40 countries around the world along with approx. 2,000 Icelandic athletes. Over the course of two weeks, the athletes competed in 22 individual sports; including athletics, badminton, squash, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo.

For further information, see the website of the 2017 Reykjavik International Games, which also includes the conference program.