The purpose of this research is to analyze how governance is related to
sustainability and innovation in mega-events over time by looking at the
Olympic Games as a case study. Three main contributions are made to
management research and practice. First, Foucauldian governmentality is
built upon and enriched with a longitudinal perspective by following the
evolution of Visibility, Techne, Episteme and Identity analytics of
governmentality. Second, an innovative methodology based on interviews,
a systematic documentary review and software-assisted thematic autocoding
for a theory-led structured analysis is applied. Third, the theoretical
and empirical contribution of this study on the longitudinal aspects of
governmentality over different parties and outlets of information could be
used to guide practical and strategic decisions for managers and policymakers.
In addition to its scholarly importance, this work is needed
because mega-events can have a sustainable long-term impact, balancing
legacy and innovative change.