Leadership and decision-making styles in large-scale sporting events

Majd Megheirkouni*

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The current study investigates the relationship between transformational and transactional leadership styles and decision-making styles in large-scale sporting events, using evidence from the 2016 Olympic Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup. A mixed-methods approach was used to gather the data. Quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS. Qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The results reveal there is a relationship between transformational behavior and the rational decision-making style. Practical implications may help organizing committees at both events to adopt leadership styles that best work with different decision-making styles. This exploratory study provides recommendations for future explanatory research to contribute to the literature examining leadership styles and decision-making styles in large-scaling sporting events. The originality of the current study is that it advances sport leadership research that links leadership styles and decisionmaking styles in large-scale sporting events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-801
Number of pages17
JournalEvent Management
Issue number5
Early online date28 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision-making styles
  • FIFA World Cup
  • Leadership styles
  • Olympic games


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