Faculty of Kinesiology Thesis Oral Examination - Daneka Headley-FR and SJ

Event Date(s):
August 23, 2021
01:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Both Campuses
Both Campuses

Event Details:

The thesis titled, "Social Innovation in Non-Profit Sport Organizations in Developing Countries: Focus on Non-Profit Sport Organizations in Barbados," will be defended by Danika Headley on Monday, Aug. 23, at 1:30 p.m. via Teams.

All are welcome.


Non-profit sport organizations, through the sport for development movement, have been tasked to find innovative ways to provide positive social impacts to communities. Non-profit organizations, including sport organizations, are least likely to innovate but are also in the greatest need of innovation (Hoeber et al., 2015; Jaskyte, 2015), due to their limited capacities and resources. Developing countries are often the hub for social initiatives and as such research that addresses their specific needs for successful implementation is critical (Kidd, 2008). This thesis focuses on understanding the barriers to social innovation in non-profit sport organizations in developing countries as they are typically at risk of social issues through unbalanced social structures and poor economic infrastructures. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 Barbadian National Sport Federations using broad categories of barriers towards innovation suggested by Oumlil and Juiz (2016). The data collected from these interviews were further analyzed using Attride-Stirling’s (2001) thematic network framework where key barrier themes of Innovation Helplessness, Survival Innovation, and COVID-19 Implications emerged. This research serves as a contribution to the understanding of how to increase social innovation in non-profit sport organizations in developing countries through identifying some of the barriers faced in doing so. The findings produced from this study also informed recommendations for best practices for sport organizations in Barbados based on the barriers they faced.  


Building: Via Teams


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