Relationship between Organizational Intelligence and Innovations: Case of Lithuanian Sports Federations


  • Inga Staškevičiūtė Butienė
  • Irena Valantinė
  • Edvinas Eimontas



Background.  Sports  organizations  exist  to  perform  tasks  that  can  only  be  executed  through  cooperative
effort, and sports management is responsible for the performance and success of these organizations. The main
problem concerning sports organizations and making them implement modern management paradigms is the duality
of functions, which divides a sports organization into units increasing the internal competition and reducing the
possibilities to create new knowledge. This undoubtedly affects the insufficiently productive functioning of a sports
organization under modern conditions of globalization. Organizational intelligence (OI) could be a way to promote
innovations, create and share knowledge (McMaster, 1998; Winand, Qualizza, Vos, Zintz, & Scheerder, 2013b).
Methods.  Two  questionnaires  were  used  in  this  research:  first,  regarding  the  evaluation  of  organizational
intelligence level, the second regarding the sports organization’s preparation for innovations.
Results. One of the lowest evaluated OI factors was organizational openness and the highest rating was given to
group work. Comparing OI internal dimensions score of sports organizations which implemented or not innovations
during the last 12 months it became clear that there was a significant difference in the scores for organizational
openness in sport organizations which implemented innovations and (M = 4.2747, SD = 0.82337) and for sport
organizations which did not implement innovations (M = 3.5874, SD = 0.51288), p = .24 (two-tailed).
Conclusion.  Sports  organizations  having  more  features  of  intelligent  organization  more  analyse  innovation
development  opportunities  in  various  aspects,  but  the  level  of  intelligence  and  innovation  ideas  development
has no relation, except for costs analysis. Sports organization becoming intelligent and developing innovations had
advantage only in some phases of innovation development: situation analysis and decision making.

Keywords:  sport federations, organizational culture, readiness to innovation process.


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How to Cite

Butienė, I. S., Valantinė, I., & Eimontas, E. (2018). Relationship between Organizational Intelligence and Innovations: Case of Lithuanian Sports Federations. Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, 1(100).



Social Sciences in Sport