Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos
Chapter 7: Embedding good governance principles in sport governing bodies through a code of ethics: opportunities, pitfalls and good practices
The management of sport organizations has been under a lot of scrutiny. An important element in trying to secure good governance practices in sport governing bodies is the embedment of an ethical code in the organization. However, this instrument has both potential strengths and weaknesses. In this chapter the authorstake a closer look at the opportunities and pitfalls that ethical codes can present in promoting and guiding good governance. The literature has pointed out several conditions for a code of ethics to be effective. The authors analyse the ethical codes of the 35 Olympic federations in the light of this research and consider their content and characteristics in relation to their potential effectiveness. Several international federations have already made progress.However,other organizations still have a lot of work to do when it comes to designing and implementing an integral ethical code to combat poor governance.
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