All sports organizations have organizational structure. The organizational structure is one of the fundamental ways in which organizations try to achieve their goals. Although no sport organizations are exactly alike, they do exhibit common features that form the basis for classifying them into design types. The purpose of this study was to imprint the profile of the municipal sports organizations. The Sport Commission Organization Structure Survey questionnaire of Robbins (1987) and the National Association of Sports Commissions (1994) was used. The participants were 100 Greek municipal sport organizations. Factor analysis detected four factors with high internal consistency for every factor except the last one: departmentalisation, concentration, specialization and formalization. Cluster analysis was found four classes of sports organizations. One-way anova for independent samples for one factor was performed. Significant differences were found: participation of president in decisions, participation of staff in a way of evaluating their colleagues, number of job titles, number of departments, group tasks, number of staff levels, staff experience in sport management, written regulations and limitation of staff autonomy. In one part, the results would be help managers to understand the organizational dimensions which define the types of sports organizations. In the other part, the managers would be able to design the ideal organization structure that responds the needs and expectations of the organization.
organizational design types, concentration, complexity, standardization.