Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph. D. of Sport Management, Mazandaran University

2 Professor in Sport Management, Mazandaran University

3 Associate Professor of Sport Management, University of Mazandaran


An efficient structure is the most important factor for reaching goals in all systems including sport system. The purpose of this research was to design a pathological model for sport in Iran. It was an applied research and was performed based on qualitative research method. Grounded theory (GT) technique was used for developing the pathological model. Population consisted of experts in this area (professors, faculty and officials) that 32 of them were selected using theoretical sampling. Data are collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews. The findings of the coding show that research core category, “lack of integrity” is the product of bureaucratic structure, task ambiguity, overlapping functions and distribution of tasks as causal conditions. Micro environment include the weakness of government establishment, the weakness of human recourse and weakness processes. The macro environment include economic, political, social, legal and international environment. Strategies include: provision laws, collaboration of institutions and Structural changes. Consequences include conflicts in implementation, waste of resources, the intensification of bureaucracy and structural conflict. Therefore, avoiding bureaucracy, removing parallel and common tasks in organizations, symmetrical distribution of authorities and power among organizational units, clear definition of communications among units, explaining explicit duties for all organs, splitting the national work and coordination among structures are the most important principles which should be regarded in order to achieve organizational integrity and coherence in Iranian sport system.


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