The London summer 2012 olympic games: Threat of disruption and business reaction

Adam Jones, Janet Woolley, Graham Currie

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The impact of and reaction to the disruption on transport created by mega-events on host communities and, in particular, businesses, is an underresearched area. Utilizing social exchange theory, this article examines the relationship between businesses and transport authorities in the implementation of the Travel Demand Management (TDM) strategy for the London Olympics 2012. This research identifies the mechanisms by which the authorities meet the specific antecedent conditions that impact on the exchange. This research is unusual as a qualitative approach is used to gain in-depth understanding of the impacts of mega-events on business and their attitudes to these antecedents. The theoretical contribution of this study is a model that depicts the decision-making processes by which businesses evaluate the exchange relationship. Results identify that there is a link between business typology, antecedent, and the level of engagement. The practical implications of the results and the limitations of the study are discussed with reference to future mega-events and research possibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187 - 210
Number of pages24
JournalEvent Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Mega-events
  • Olympics
  • Business
  • Travel demand management (TDM)
  • Social exchange theory

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