Enabling Event Volunteer Legacies: A Knowledge Management Perspective

D.A. Blackman, Angela Benson, T.J. Dickson

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    Human capital development delivered through the volunteers is espoused as one legacy outcome of hosting mega sporting events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, to date the reality of such a legacy remains largely undemonstrated. In this paper Nonaka and Tacheuchi’s SECI model and the Lee and Yang’s Knowledge Value Chain (KVC) are integrated to identify insights to support the development of a potential human capital legacy from volunteers in future mega sport events through focusing upon knowledge management. A case study of the Vancouver 2010 Games [1]demonstrates gaps in the knowledge management systems in place, both in terms of the identification of knowledge and the processes for capture and re-use. It is argued that, unless those involved in hosting the events reconsider their approach to human capital legacy development, using the creation and management of knowledge as a core element, it is unlikely that long term human capital legacy outcomes will be achieved for host communities. [1] Vancouver 2010 Games, is used as an abbreviation for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)233-250
    Number of pages18
    JournalEvent Management
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2017

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    • Knowledge legacy
    • Human capital
    • Strategic knowledge management
    • Knowledge value chain (KVC)
    • Volunteers


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