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Title: The Olympic Games ; a demonstration of the positive and negative side of project management
Author: Hadjistephanou, Petros
ISNI:       0000 0004 2738 3777
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis will try to delineate and extrapolate a mode for consideration of project management in practice, with particular emphasis upon both the political, institutional and commercial aspects of project management practices of the Olympic Games. The research will produce a project management framework identifying relevant variables for the success organisation of the Olympic Games project. ' .. The writer examines the Olympic Games as a project in two case studies: The Atlanta and Athens Games are analysed with respect to various criteria such as the political and administrative structure, finances and the outcomes or multiplier effects that have- come about as a result of the Olympics. What is really important in the organisation of the Games, why there is not stability, what are the typical difficulties encountered, etc. are' questions that the thesis examines through reference to project management theory. The 1996 and 2004 case studies allowed the writer to look at the organisation of the Olympics with particular attention to the practicalities of their realisation and in the process see things that otherwise might not have been seen. The two case studies focus on specific dimensions (project management approaches/techniques used, commercial aspects, political dimensions and logistical subproject requirements), which are compared consistently across both cases. The thesis is an attempt to analyse the Organising Committee's (Project Manager) role to develop a co-operative relationship with all parties (Host City _ authorities, local community, government, the IOC, etc.) involved in the Olympic Games organisation to fully explore the potentials of the project. Its involvement is required at all stages of the 11 " project, from the identification of needs to the design, and implementation of arrangements to satisfy them. The Olympic Games, as a project, takes a certain level of development, infrastructure, and resources. Accommodation, construction, transportation, technology and security are the main challenges that most Organising Committees face. The Olympic Games have appeared as one of the central discursive resources for representing reality, be it political, economic or social. III I
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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