Qi Peng

The Institutional Change Process in the Chinese Sport Sector: An Organisational Analysis on the Chinese Football Association Reform

Qi Peng

Qi Peng is passionate about sport and her research interests are sport policies and sport organisational change.

Qi has a BA in Sport English (International Affairs) from Chengdu Sport University (China) 2008-2012. She alos has an M.A.Ed.in Sport Management from Beijing Sport University (China) 2012-2015.
Studying in sport universities in China has provided Qi with opportunities for understanding Chinese sport context historically and presently. Being involved in works for mega sports events as well as sport organisations, she was able to observe the strengths and weaknesses of Chinese sport management system. Qi wishes to contribute to the development of sport in China either theoretically or practically as a researcher.

PhD research description

China’s economic system reform from a planned economy to a market economy has brought drastic change in its national political and social governance system. The roaring economy development is crying for a change in some of the institutional structures that now seems unfit and even holds back the thriving of the market sometimes. Taking Chinese sport sector for instance, since 1980s when the Chinese government adopted the policy of “Jvguo Tizhi”(举国体制), a policy directing the development of all sport for the sake of nation pride, meaning to improve elite sport teams’ performance and to win more medals in competitions, the state has been heavily involved in the development of sports in almost every aspect. And consequently, the sport market lost its capacity to create value and the sport governance system in China has inevitably raised questions in society .
Qi's research examines the impact of policy changes on sport organisations through the lens of Multiple Streams Framework and organisational change theories. Taking the Chinese Football Association (CFA) as a case study, this research aims to understand the reasons behind the policy and organisational change, the change process and its implications. A model that explains the complexity of Chinese sport organisations reform will be developed upon completion of her studies.

PhD supervisors

Qi's research is carried out within the Institute for Sport Business under the supervision of Professor James Skinner and Professor Barrie Houlihan (who is based on the main Loughborough campus).

Awards, grants or scholarships received

Qi has been awarded a three year PhD studentship from Loughborough University London. 
Qi received a £1,500 Travel Fund: Santander Mobility Fund from Graduate House, Loughborough University (November 2016).
She was also awarded a £1,500 Research Visit Grant for "China-related studies in the UK" from Universities' China Committee in London (December 2016).

Interests and activities

Qi enjoys reading novels and watching films in her spare time. She also likes jogging.