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    Place marketing and mega events: intentions and short-term results of nation branding of Russia through the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

    Baryshnikov, Sergey (2017) Place marketing and mega events: intentions and short-term results of nation branding of Russia through the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    Abstract

    In an increasingly complex environment, nations favour using mega sporting events and the Olympic G ames in particular as opportu nities to project their image s to the outside world. The scale of the Olympic Games and its popularity has grown over time, and each modern event steps beyond its sporting agenda , ha ving a much stronger social impact than ever before. The current paper is grounded in a substantial theoretical base around the concept of a “nation brand” and the process of nation branding through mega events and the Olympics in particular. It is followe d by a case study of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. A two - stage interpretative qualitative study , consisting of interviews and a public survey, was employed to reveal that nation branding was indeed one of the major aspects of the Sochi 2014 communication strategy. However, it is argued further that the event’s long - term impact on public perception of the country is not evident, despite the high quality of the organisation process and a warm reception of the event itself. It is argued that state - influenced nation branding and the damaging impact of politically resonant events , which followed the Olympics, on Russia’s reputation are among primary causes why succe ss was not sustainable. The research paper concludes with a discussion of the implications for policy makers.

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    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Research Paper Series V10(2) - ISSN: 1756-8811
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Research Centre: Sport Business Centre
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 16:07
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 16:07
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18400

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