chapter  3
Administration and sport governance
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The typical governance structure for an NPSO ‘has been criticized for being unwieldy and cumbersome, slow to react to changes in market conditions, subject to potentially damaging politics or power plays … and imposing significant constraints on organizations wishing to change’ (Hoye et al., 2014: 169). On the other hand, traditional governance structures do enable contributions from members and also tend to ensure a degree of operational autonomy from government intervention. Governance structures for NPSOs create challenges such as: negotiating the relationship between paid staff and volunteer members; acquiring a level of compliance among the members with key decisions made by the board; and brokering the interests and sometimes competing agendas across complex partnerships with multiple stakeholders. These themes are explored further in later chapters of this study text.