Executive SummaryThis report focuses on the organisation the National Rugby League (NRL) and will provide a clear breakdown of the background of the NRL, including the organisational structure. The report shifts focus onto the analysis of the Leadership structure by identifying and comparing the relationships between the organisational hierarchy.The report’s next section delves into the issues identified by myself and the head of the Department of Culture of the NSW government. A continued focus on the organisational structural issue of “The Boys” Club, that is the toxic environment that has been fostered for eons by male dominated organisations such as NRL is expanded upon.The report then details the second identified issue, the lack of leadership of the NRL. This section will examine past CEO’s reigns and determine the leadership management style that the NRL has been associated with in the past.The Harvard Model of HRM is then introduced, before the report then examines the two identified areas of McKinney’s Seven 7’s model, Structure and Strategy. The report concludeswith the recommendations to the issues identified. This final section details more theory-based arguments to validate what actions should be done to address the mentioned issues.
Organisational StructureThe National Rugby League (NRL) is a centralised organisation. It is governed by the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC), this can be found stated in the ‘About us’ section on the official NRL website. The NRL is functionally structured, with several differentdepartments within the NRL. These departments include: Finance, Marketing, Football, Commercial, Digital, Legal, Integrity, People & Culture, Operations, Community, Indigenous,Executive, IT, Media, and Government Relations.The ARLC is structurally organized into seven leaders, this is important to understand to gather the overall structure of the NRL’s governing body, the ARLC.Leadership structure-Andrew Abdo - Chief Executive Officer-Alex Alderson - Fan Experience-Graham Annesley - Competitions-Jaymes Boland-Rudder - Partnerships-Richard Gardham - Finance, Technology and Operations-Luke Ellis - Participation and Community-Daniel Meers - Brand, Media and Communications-Eleni North - Risk, Integrity and PerformanceAndrew AbdoPeter V’landysThe ARLCAlex AndersonGraham AnnesleyJaymes Boland-RudderRichard GardhamLuke EllisDaniel MeersEleni North
“The Boys” ClubThe National Rugby League has long been a typically male dominated workplace, with the major competitions surrounding the men’s teams. This forcing the game to be portrayed as tough, masculine and a dangerous environment. Many former players have become key figures in the different sectors of management, this is vital to the continuous existence of the NRL. In particular administrative positions, such as ARLC Board members, have gone to Wayne Pearce, a former ‘Balmain Tigers’ player in 1980’s. As well as, former players and coaches for instance; Phil Gould, Paul Kent, Wally Lewis and Johnathan Thurston have become high profile faces of the media.