When a Ban is Not a Ban: Institutional Work and the Russian Doping Scandal

Dowling, Mathew and Harris, Spencer and Washington, Marvin (2021) When a Ban is Not a Ban: Institutional Work and the Russian Doping Scandal. Journal of Sport Management. ISSN 1543-270X

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2021-0185

Abstract

There are fewer cases of such blatant acts to defy and subsequent heroic efforts to rearrange institutional norms than the Russian doping scandal. In adopting a neo-institutional perspective, the authors theorize the scandal as a case of attempted but failed institutional disruption. More specifically, the authors draw upon the institutional change literature and the institutional work perspective to explain the key events surrounding actors’ response to the scandal. The analysis utilized Gioia’s methodological approach to examine secondary empirical data. Findings reveal how stakeholders circumvented traditional governance structures in an attempt to disrupt institutional arrangements, but despite this, much of the preexisting institutional infrastructure has remained intact. The authors explain this outcome, in part, as a consequence of the counter-institutional work of key governing agencies and other actors to maintain the status quo within international sport.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Institutional theory, institutional work, doping, international sport, scandals
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2021 12:38
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 15:22
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706995

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