A Case Study on Power and Politics in Organizations

in Case Studies in Sport Management

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Florian HemmeThe University of Texas, Austin

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James Park has been hired as the new CEO by the board of directors of GoSports Inc., a large national sporting goods retailer, which has been battling economic and internal issues over the previous years. Despite Park’s experience at the helm of large companies in need of profound strategic and structural change, in his new position at GoSports he has been “butting heads” with a powerful collective of executives unhappy with the hire and threatened by the new CEO’s accolades. To complicate matters, rumor has it that the decision to hire Park was far from unanimous, with various factions vying for control in the company, waiting for a chance to fill the power vacuum a quick departure by Park would leave behind. After two weeks with the company, Park is called before the board of directors to report on the progress made and how he plans to return GoSports to its former glory.

Florian Hemme is with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Marlene A. Dixon is with the Department of Sport Management, Troy University, San Antonio, Texas.

Address author correspondence to Florian Hemme at f.hemmesd@gmail.com.

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