Ethical Decision Making in Sport Administration: A Theoretical Inquiry into Substance and Form

in Journal of Sport Management
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The primary purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the theoretical underpinnings of ethical decision making for the sport administrator. A secondary purpose is to argue for changes to the pedagogical nature and process in sport administration programs so that students have the ability to make decisions with a critically conscious praxis. Four philosophical approaches to ethics and two psychological approaches to moral reasoning are briefly discussed. A synthesis of philosophical and psychological approaches is suggested as a means to understand, in a comprehensive manner, the ethical decision-making behavior of the sport administrator within what may well be a contradiction-based sport organization. Finally, some comments are made on ways that this synthesized approach might be used in a critical active pedagogy in sport administration programs.

David Cruise Malloy and Dwight H. Zakus are with the Faculty of Physical Activity Studies, University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada S4S 0A2.

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