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Ethical codes in sports organizations : an empirical study on determinants of effectiveness

Els De Waegeneer (UGent) , Ignaas Devisch (UGent) and Annick Willem (UGent)
(2017) ETHICS & BEHAVIOR. 27(4). p.261-282
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Confronted with numerous scandals, sports organizations are turning to the adoption of ethical codes to attain more ethical behavior. However, the effectiveness of an ethical code as a means to increase ethical behavior remains debated; furthermore, the particular characteristics of a sports context have not yet been taken into account, nor have the different stages of code establishment been considered in evaluation. This article studies the effectiveness, as measured by the Ethical Climate Index, of ethical codes in sports organizations. Moreover, it investigates the effects of the presence, creation, content, implementation, and enforcement of ethical codes on ethical behavior in sports organizations. Our results shed a light on the conditions that need to be in place to install an effective ethical code in sports organizations: a genuine motivation to improve ethical behavior, the involvement of coaches, and the explicit targeting of the management.
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code of ethics, sport ethics, sport management, sports ethics, CORPORATE SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY, BUSINESS ETHICS, HONG-KONG, BEHAVIOR, CONDUCT, PREDICTORS, CONTEXT, IMPACT, MODEL, FANS

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De Waegeneer, Els, Ignaas Devisch, and Annick Willem. 2017. “Ethical Codes in Sports Organizations : an Empirical Study on Determinants of Effectiveness.” Ethics & Behavior 27 (4): 261–282.
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De Waegeneer, E., Devisch, I., & Willem, A. (2017). Ethical codes in sports organizations : an empirical study on determinants of effectiveness. ETHICS & BEHAVIOR, 27(4), 261–282.
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De Waegeneer E, Devisch I, Willem A. Ethical codes in sports organizations : an empirical study on determinants of effectiveness. ETHICS & BEHAVIOR. 2017;27(4):261–82.
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De Waegeneer, Els, Ignaas Devisch, and Annick Willem. “Ethical Codes in Sports Organizations : an Empirical Study on Determinants of Effectiveness.” ETHICS & BEHAVIOR 27.4 (2017): 261–282. Print.
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  abstract     = {Confronted with numerous scandals, sports organizations are turning to the adoption of ethical codes to attain more ethical behavior. However, the effectiveness of an ethical code as a means to increase ethical behavior remains debated; furthermore, the particular characteristics of a sports context have not yet been taken into account, nor have the different stages of code establishment been considered in evaluation. This article studies the effectiveness, as measured by the Ethical Climate Index, of ethical codes in sports organizations. Moreover, it investigates the effects of the presence, creation, content, implementation, and enforcement of ethical codes on ethical behavior in sports organizations. Our results shed a light on the conditions that need to be in place to install an effective ethical code in sports organizations: a genuine motivation to improve ethical behavior, the involvement of coaches, and the explicit targeting of the management.},
  author       = {De Waegeneer, Els and Devisch, Ignaas and Willem, Annick},
  issn         = {1050-8422},
  journal      = {ETHICS \& BEHAVIOR},
  keyword      = {code of ethics,sport ethics,sport management,sports ethics,CORPORATE SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY,BUSINESS ETHICS,HONG-KONG,BEHAVIOR,CONDUCT,PREDICTORS,CONTEXT,IMPACT,MODEL,FANS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {261--282},
  title        = {Ethical codes in sports organizations : an empirical study on determinants of effectiveness},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508422.2016.1172011},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2017},
}

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