Essay about Ethical Problems With The U.s. Olympic Committee

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Case 7-1 Ethical Problems with the U.S. Olympic Committee and its Sponsors

1. Why do you think the U.S. Olympic Committee became so ethically dysfunctional? What are the leading factors that have led to the ethical dilemmas the management team is facing?

Ethics is an essential part of human life. In almost every decision ethics is the means to our course of action (Landauer & Rowlands, 2001). Our actions would be meaningless and unsystematic without ethics. Generally, humans will set goals and then take strategic steps in working towards such goals. Any deviations in our ethics significantly diminish our ability to prosper in our accomplishments (Landauer & Rowlands, 2001). The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) became ethically dysfunctional due to a complex management structure with split leadership, leading to an environment where getting even was just as important as getting to bottom of things, and sponsor enabling. The USOC is a nonprofit agency relying on volunteers and donations and has a management structure consisting of its board, made up of over a hundred volunteers and an executive committee. The board elects a President to govern the volunteers, and a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to manage the professional staff (TeamUSA, n.d.). Background checks were not thoroughly conducted on either position, prior to election, and in a society where there is greater concern about moral and ethical conduct in leadership (Jordan, Grenwell, Geist, Pastore, & Mahoney,…

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