Case | HBS Case Collection | October 2006 (Revised November 2007)

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (A)

by Christopher Marquis, Doug Guthrie and Yannis Katsarakis


Gianna Angelopoulous-Daskalaki led the bidding organization that secured the 2004 Olympics for Athens and then later the preparations for those Games. Tracks her leadership style and how she and her team won the bid. After substantial planning problems threatened to cost Greece the Olympics, Angelopoulos was asked to take over the preparations, with only 4 of the 7 years remaining. Ends with the question of what she needs to consider in making the decision to take over the Games' preparations, what role she should play, and where she should start.

Keywords: Leadership Style; Bids and Bidding; Planning; Social Enterprise; Sports; Public Administration Industry;


Marquis, Christopher, Doug Guthrie, and Yannis Katsarakis. "Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (A)." Harvard Business School Case 407-050, October 2006. (Revised November 2007.)