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Master of Arts




Dr. Laura Misener


The strategic formation of collaborative partnerships for leveraging sport events to achieve social impacts is becoming a critical component of large-scale sport events, evidenced in London 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, among others. There have been relatively few studies that focus on improving our understanding of how collaborative governance influences the formation and collaborative dynamics of such cross-sector collaborations. The purpose of this study is to contribute research in this area by examining the collaborative governance components encompassing the formation and collaborative dynamics of the cross-sectoral partnership, the Ontario Parasport Legacy Group, which emerged as part of the leveraging strategy for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games. This study draws upon the Integrative Framework for Collaborative Governance proposed by Emerson, Nabatchi, and Balogh (2012) to examine the factors influencing the formation and collaborative dynamics of cross-sector collaborations. The study findings are presented through an analysis of resources, drivers, participant fit, principled engagement, shared motivation, and informality of management processes. Practical and theoretical implications as well as directions for future research are provided.