Marginal gains: Olympic lessons in high performance for organisations

David Hall, D. James, N. Marsden

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A concept known as ‘marginal gains’, an approach to performance improvement in elite sport came to prominence during the London 2012 Olympics when Team GB cycling won a record eight gold medals. Since National Lottery funding was awarded in 1997 to develop British cycling, the ethos of making aggregated small gains in many areas to improve overall performance has been central to its success. The concept of marginal gains is not new and the approach is used in many sports, where it has contributed to individual and team achievement at the highest level. Some examples of marginal gains and their development in sport are outlined below. A management perspective is provided which considers the implementation of a marginal gains approach in a Fire and Rescue Service organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-13
Number of pages5
JournalHR Bulletin: Research and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


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