Publications

SPLISS 2008 

 

Books:

  • SPLISS 2008: global sporting arms race
  • De Bosscher, V., Bingham, J., Shibli, S., Van Bottenburg, M., De Knop, P. (2008). The global Sporting Arms Race. An international comparative study on sports policy factors leading to international sporting success. Aachen: Meyer & Meyer. ISBN: 978-1-84126-228-4. (173p)

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  • De Bosscher, V. (2007). Sports Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success. Published doctoral thesis. Brussels: VUBPRESS. ISBN-978-905487-421-8 (347p)

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Book chapters

  • De Bosscher, V., Truyens, J.,  van Bottenburg, M., Shibli, S., (2012). Comparing apples with oranges in international elite sport studies: is it possible? In D. Harald and S. Söderman (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Sport and Business – in press
  • Shibli, S., De Bosscher, V., van Bottenburg, M., Bingham, J. (2012).  Forecasting the performance of nations in elite sport. In L. Robinson, P. Chelladurai, G. Baudet and P. Downward. Routledge Handbook of Sport Management (pp. 86-100).Oxon,UK: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-58788-4
  • van Bottenburg, M., De Bosscher, V. (2011). “An assessment of the impact of sport development on sport participation ?” An assessment of the impact of sport development on elite sport success. In B. Houlihan, B. (Ed). Handbook on Sport Development (accepted). 575 – 595. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415479967
  • De Bosscher, V., van Bottenburg, M. (2011). “ELITE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ELITE ?” An assessment of the impact of sport development on elite sport success. In B. Houlihan, B. (Ed). Handbook on Sport Development. pp: 575 – 595. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415479967
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., Heyndels, B. (2006). En de winnaar is … Rusland. Een methode om het relatief succes van landen te bepalen. In P. De Knop, J. Scheerder & B. Vanreusel (Eds). Sportsociologie. Het spel en de spelers (pp213-229). Maarssen: Elsevier. ISBN: 9035224884
  • De Knop, P., De Bosscher, V., van Bottenburg, M. (2006). Topsport in Vlaanderen en Nederland: een wereld van verschil. In P. De Knop, J. Scheerder & B. Vanreusel (Eds). Sportsociologie. Het spel en de spelers (pp201-213). Maarssen: Elsevier. ISBN: 9035224884

 

(refereed) Journal articles:

Core SPLISS publications:

  • Theoretical model: De Bosscher, V., De Knop,P., van Bottenburg,M., Shibli, S. (2006). A conceptual framework for analysing Sports Policy Factors Leading to international sporting success. European Sport Management Quarterly, 6 (2), 185-215.

Abstract

Although an increasing number of nations invest large amounts of money in sport in order to compete against other nations, there is no clear evidence that demonstrates how sports policies can influence international sporting success.  This paper provides an overview of important determinants that can lead to nations enjoying international sporting success.  The literature reveals that more than 50% of the determinants of success are macro-level variables which are beyond the control of politicians.  The meso-level contains factors which can be influenced by sports policies.  An empirically founded theory on the policy factors that determine elite sporting success has not yet been developed.  In this paper a conceptual framework will be presented that can be used for making trans national comparisons of elite sports policies.  Nine policy areas, or ‘pillars’ that are thought to have an important influence on international sporting success are logically derived from the literature.

Key words: (top-level) sports policies – international sporting success – international comparison – benchmark

 

  • Methods: De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S. van Bottenburg,M., De Knop,P., Truyens, J. (2010). Developing a methodology for comparing the elite sport systems and policies of nations: a mixed research methods approach. Journal of Sport Management, 24, 567-600

Abstract

This paper aims to make a contribution to comparative sport research and details a method for comparing nations’ elite sport systems less descriptively by measuring and comparing determinants of national competitiveness quantitatively. A mixed methods exploratory sequential design is used, consisting of two distinct phases. After qualitative exploration, a conceptual model was developed, revealing that there are nine sport policy dimensions or ‘pillars’ that are important for international sporting success. This paper focuses on a second quantitative phase, where the model was tested in a pilot study with six sample nations in order to develop a scoring system. Data from each nation were collected through an overall sport policy questionnaire completed in each country, and through a survey with the main stakeholders in elite sport, namely athletes (n=1090), coaches (n=253) and performance directors (n=71). Reflecting recognised principles of economic competitiveness measurement, this article demonstrates how 103 critical success factors containing quantitative and qualitative data can be aggregated into a final percentage score for the sample nations on each pillar. The findings suggest that the method is a useful way for objective comparison of nations, but it should not be isolated from qualitative descriptions and from a broader understanding of elite sport systems.

Keywords: comparative research methodologies, elite sport development, competitiveness, elite sport policies

 

  • Results: De Bosscher, V., De Knop,P., van Bottenburg, M., Shibli, S., Bingham, J. (2009). Explaining international sporting success. An International comparison of elite sport systems and policies in six nations. Sport Management Review, 12, 113-136

Abstract

The aim of this article is to explore the relationship between elite sport policy systems (inputs and throughputs) and success in international competitions (outputs). A conceptual model of the sports policy factors, which lead to international sporting success was implemented in an empirical environment in a pilot study with six nations. The study has sought to operationalise nine pillars, or key drivers in elite sport systems, into measurable concepts, which can be aggregated into an overall score for each pillar. In addition to a national sport policy questionnaire, athletes, coaches and performance directors were also involved in the collection of qualitative and quantitative data. Although the results are inconclusive, the findings suggest that some pillars could be regarded as possible drivers of an effective system because they were prioritised in the most successful sample nations: financial resources (pillar 1), athletic and post career support (pillar 5), training facilities (pillar 6) and coach development (partly pillar 7). On the other hand, nations may instead strive for a competitive advantage in underdeveloped areas: ‘talent identification and development’ (pillar 4), scientific research on elite sport (pillar 9) and coaches’ provisions (pillar 7).

 

Other related publications

  • De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., van Bottenburg, M. (2011). Measuring competitiveness of nations in elite sport policies: renewing the debate on comparing nations. Economia and Athlitismos, 11 (1), pp. 21-33.
  • Legg, D., De Bosscher, V., Shibli, S., Van Bottenburg, M.  (2011). What is the Ideal Paralympic Sport System? Future research directions. ICSSPE Bulletin, No. 61, Special issue ‘Essays on the Paralympic Movement: Certainties and Doubts’ (online: www.iccspe.org).
  • De Bosscher, V., Shilbury, D., Van Hoecke, J., Theeboom, M., De Knop, P. (2011). Effectiveness of national elite sport policies: A multidimensional approach applied to the case of Flanders. European Sport Management Quarterly. 11 (2), 115-141.
  • Brouwers, J., De Bosscher, V., Schaillée, H., Truyens, J., Sotiriadou (2010). The relationship between performances at U14 international youth tournaments and later success in tennis. Journal of Medicine and Science in Tennis, 15 (3), 21-25. [JSMT Best paper award 2011]
  • De Bosscher, V., Bingham, J., Shibli, S., Van Bottenburg, M., De Knop, P. (2010). The global Sporting Arms Race. An international comparative study on sports policy factors leading to international sporting success. ICSSPE Bulletin, No. 58, Special feature on Ethical Issues in Coaching, pp. 23-28 (online: www.iccspe.org). ISBN
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., van Bottenburg M., (2009). An analysis of homogeneity and heterogeneity of elite sport systems in six nations.  International journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship. 10(2), 111-131. ISSN 1464-6668 (International Marketing Reports Ltd)
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P. & van Bottenburg, M. (2008). Sports, culture and society: Why the Netherlandsare successful in elite sports and Belgiumis not? A comparison of elite sport policies. Kinesiologia Slovenica. 14(2), 21-40.
  • De Bosscher, V., Heyndels, B., De Knop, P., van Bottenburg, M., Shibli, S. (2008). The paradox of measuring success of nations in elite sport. Belgeo, 9 (2), 1-18.
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., Van Bottenburg, M. (2007). An international comparison of elite sports policies in six nations. [Een internationale vergelijking van het topsportbeleid in zes landen]. Sport en Geneeskunde. The Flemish/Dutch journal of sports medicine and sports science, 2, 20-26.
  • Legg, D., De Bosscher, V. (2006). How does Canadastack up: Comparing Canada’s Sport Policies to five other nations. Impact, 70-78.
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., Heyndels, B.(2004). Comparing tennis success among countries. International sport studies, 25 (1), 49-69.
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., Van Aken, I., Heyndels, B. (2003). International comparison of tennis success. Journal of Medicine and science in tennis, 8 (3), 16-17.
  • De Bosscher, V., De Knop, P., Heyndels, B.(2003). Comparing relative sporting success among countries: create equal opportunities in sport. Journal for Comparative Physical Education and Sport, 3 (3), 109-120.

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