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The gradual normalization of behaviors which might challenge ethical and professional standards in two British elite sports organizations

Abstract

We examined how two elite British sports organizations began accepting behaviors that might challenge ethical and professional standards. The data for the current paper came from two separate ethnographic studies. We used Alvesson and Einola’s Functional Stupidity to analyze the data for processes of a lack of reflexivity, lack of justification, and a lack of substantial reasoning presented in three vignettes for each case organization. We then carried out a cross-case analysis and showed that periods of significant change are high risk for the spread of unethical and unprofessional behaviors. The common rationales for accepting such behaviors were (a) you have not spent time in the trenches, (b) it has always been like this, (c) policing space, (d) I am just doing my job, and (e) giving opportunities to those close to me. Our findings suggest a sense of banality to wrongdoing where normal people slipped into ethical problem areas.

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Feddersen, Niels Boysen
Phelan, Simon Edward

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Dates

Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-11-19


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