The institutionalisation of sustainability in event management : a case study of the diffusion of ISO 20121 at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games / Andrew Bakos

Bakos, Andrew

Edited by Bond University. [S.l.] - 2020

Sustainability has become an increasingly significant issue in the events industry, especially within the context of planning and staging major sporting events. The release of the International Organizations for Standardization (ISO) 20121: 2012 – Event sustainability management systems exemplifies an industry-specific innovation as a solution to the growing societal demands for the production of sustainable events. Empirical analysis of management standards has predominately focused on the global diffusion of previous ISO standards. Scholars have called for more research on the early days of diffusion whereby standards are diffused through a few number of key actors. Given the relatively novel quality of ISO 20121, there is a current lack of understanding on how these standards are diffused. This gap in the literature was addressed by analysing and evaluating the diffusion of ISO 20121 within the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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