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Wrestling with `conflict of interest` in sport management

Sherry, Emma, Shilbury, David and Wood, Greg 2007, Wrestling with `conflict of interest` in sport management, Corporate governance, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 267-277.

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Title Wrestling with `conflict of interest` in sport management
Author(s) Sherry, Emma
Shilbury, David
Wood, Greg
Journal name Corporate governance
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 267
End page 277
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1472-0701
1758-6054
Keyword(s) governance
sports
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss how the relationship between sport and business has increased the complexity of ethical issues affecting contemporary sport management. Specifically, this paper seeks to define conflict of interest and how it is manifested in both business and sport.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a conceptual discussion of the issue of conflict of interest as it relates to the management and governance of sports organizations. Relationships between business ethics, governance and sport management are examined in the quest to understand conflict of interest and its prevalence in and relevance to sport management.
Findings – Conflicts of interest within the sport industry may have the same structural elements as those occurring in mainstream business, such as benefits, obligations and issues of trust, but it is the higher societal expectations and values placed on sport and sporting organizations that provide the key points of difference.
Practical implications – Through collaboration with sport management practitioners, via inductive in-depth research, a clearer definition of conflict of interest and the range of situations in which it may occur can be developed. It is through a continued research effort in this area that sport managers will be better able to both identify and manage conflicts of interest as they occur.
Originality/value – It is the lack of definitive examples or guidelines for recognition of an actual or a potential conflict of interest that appears to cause the greatest confusion within sport management. By drawing together the key concepts found within the extant literature, a clearer understanding of what constitutes a conflict of interest is provided by this paper.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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