"Failure to adjust" : Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics and the difficulties of learning Olympic wisdom / Eva Kassens-Noor

Kassens-Noor, Eva

Local resistance often cancels Olympic bids. Boston’s infamous bid failure was one of the first that demonstrated how local resistance can diminish boosters’ aspirations. As an insider to the bidding process, the author traces the adjustment strategies of Boston’s bidding committee, B2024, to bid opposition over the course of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid (2014–2015). She analyzes the institutional learning that occurred and finds B2024 learned through Olympic networks that won Olympic bids. Using B2024’s learning process, she draws lessons for policy on learning and organizing complex projects with tight timelines and high uncertainty.


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