A Nascent Sport for Development and Peace Organization's Response to Institutional Complexity: The Emergence of a Hybrid Agency in Kenya Academic Article uri icon


  • Sport for development and peace (SDP) agencies increasingly deal with complex institutional demands. In this article, the authors present an in-depth case study of how a nascent SDP organization created from within a local community in Kenya responded to institutional complexity through a series of pivotal moments that shaped the nature of the SDP agency. Throughout the formative stage in its life course, organizational leaders faced increased institutional complexity as they grappled with a series of incompatible prescriptions and demands from multiple institutional logics. The case organizationHighway of Hoperesponded to this complexity through a process of organizational hybridity. Five pivotal decision points were identified and analyzed to explore how they shaped the organization over its early stages of existence. Our findings provide guidance for advancing our understanding of hybridity processes in SDP, both theoretically and practically.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Dixon, M. A., & Svensson, P. G.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Dixon, Marlene A||Svensson, Per G

publication date

  • September 2019