| || || Rugby Union football -- Fiji -- Management|
| || || Moving towards a culture of strategic management in Fiji : the case of Fiji Rugby Union = Vers une culture de strategie d'enteprise à Fidji : étude de cas sur Fiji Rugby |
Author: Ngamoki-Cameron, Carl Rangituatata
Institution: Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Subject: Fiji Rugby Football Union, Rugby Union football -- Fiji -- Management, Rugby football -- Fiji -- Management
Call No.: Pac GV 945 .9 .F5 N43 2014
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Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to set out research that aimed to understand how Fiji’s Olympic Sport Organisations (“OSOs”) could move towards a culture of strategic management. Methodology – Quantitative research was carried out on Fiji’s OSOs using the readiness assessment tool developed by Minikin (2009) and qualitative research into the Fiji Rugby Union (“FRU or Fiji Rugby”) that included semistructured interviews, the review of several documents and participant observations. Findings – The quantitative research on Fiji’s OSOs found that: (1) there is a need for strategic management to improve accountability, transparency and competitiveness; and, (2) governance is of a basic to moderate level of development, however, organisational performance is not being adequately evaluated or monitored, if at all, and that generally the practice of strategic leadership and strategic planning is below the Sport Industry Benchmark. The case study of the FRU found that the FRU Strategic Plan was not fit for its purpose; discussed the vision, values and strategic objectives of the FRU; and, proposed a methodology for revising the FRU Strategic Plan. The development of human capacity is the key for Fiji’s OSOs to move towards a culture of strategic management and financial independence from funding agencies. The training and development of those responsible for governance and management at village, school, club, provincial and national levels in the practice, theory and applicable tools of governance and strategic management is at the heart of improving the accountability, transparency and competitiveness of Fiji’s OSOs, reinforcing the public’s trust and confidence in these sport organisations, and sustainably lifting the standard and performance of Fiji’s athletes and national sporting teams. Research Implications – The research identified suitable frameworks of governance, strategic management and performance management for use by Fiji’s OSOs. The research also developed and proposed a methodology for the revision of the FRU Strategic Plan. Practical Implications – The development and implementation of a longterm, sport industry-wide training and education program on the governance and strategic management of sport organisations in Fiji, aimed at those responsible for the governance and management of Fiji’s OSOs from village to national levels. The update, revision and validation of the FRU Strategic Plan. Originality – The paper presents an analysis of the practice of governance and strategic management by Fiji’s OSOs, including a unique case study and insight into the FRU’s practice of strategic management, strategic planning and performance management.