COBA students research London 2012 Olympics

Posted November 12, 2013

Eleven students from ACU's College of Business Administration traveled to the United Kingdom over the summer as part of the university's Study Abroad program. Their goal: to research the accomplishments and challenges of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The research was conducted with the goal of understanding how major world events are most effectively organized to have the least negative impact on nearby low-income residents. Students specifically considered lessons learned by the organizers of the London Games that might benefit the backers of the Dallas 2024 Olympic bid. Students and faculty members toured London's Olympic Park and interviewed members of past Olympic game committees.

The students, led by COBA associate dean and professor Monty Lynn, recently presented their findings to Matt Wood (’87), chairman and CEO of Dallas 2024.

“Every time the Games are held, we see a coming together of people, environments and circumstances in a unique way,” says Lynn. “Unlike many other Olympic cities, London put thought into what would become of the facilities after the games, and that's what we wanted to learn more about."

“From studying the London 2012 Olympics, I think we've all learned a great deal about how, with committed planning, urban poverty can be lessened," says Emily Hill, senior accounting major from Magnolia. “If every new business or organization functioned with a legacy plan in mind, the world would see a dramatic decrease in poverty.”

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