Development of a strategic plan of the Handball Federation of Iran

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student of Sport Management, Islamic Azad University, Jahrom Branch, Jahrom, Iran

2 Associate Professor of Sport Management, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan Branch (Khorasgan), Isfahan, Iran

3 Associate Professor of Sport Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


Purpose:  The purpose in this applied research was to develop a strategic plan for the Iranian Handball Federation.
Methods:  The statistical population included experts in the field of sports of the Iranian Handball Federation. Two methods of theoretical sampling and snowballing, until reaching theoretical saturation (30 people), were employed. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods was used to collect and analyze the data. The research instrument was an open questionnaire. The data for this study came from interviews as well as data obtained from meetings of the Strategic Council. Logical induction method was used to analyze the information in the quantitative part of the situation assessment while strategic action matrix and the qualitative matrix and the logical induction method were used to analyze the information in the qualitative section.
Results:  The findings show that the Iranian Handball Federation has five major programs including promoting handball in the community, developing sports teams in six age groups, launching a professional handball league, and participation of all provinces in competitions approved by the federation in six age groups of men and women and deepening and strengthening the principles of fair play and ethics through handball. The strategic approach of the Iranian Handball Federation based on the situation assessment matrix and strategic action was placed in the offensive position.
Conclusion:  In general, managers can use the present compiled program to set the major goals of the Iranian Handball Federation as the priorities of the federation and provide the conditions for achieving the approved goals.