The Perils of Too Much Autonomy

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I have an invited commentary up at Public Finance International, focused on the pathologies of too much autonomy in international sports organizations. Here is how it starts:

Accountability matters if organisations are to perform. To illustrate that this is so, here is an experiment that you can try at work. Go to your boss and explain that, from now on, you’d like to operate with autonomy. No more performance reviews, no more peer evaluations and no more training. Add in that you’d like to set you own salary and receive £700 per day when you travel.

After the laughter subsides, tell your boss that you were just exploring whether the model of governance that characterises most international sport organisations would make sense where you work.

You can read the whole thing here.

NYT Op-Ed on Degrees in Athletics

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Earlier this week the NYT published an op-ed of mine proposing college degrees in athletics. Here is how it starts:

A new influx of money into big­-time college sports is likely to reinvigorate debate over whether student athletes should be paid as if they were professionals, with colleges running semipro teams as side projects to their research and teaching missions.

But one question that gets little attention is how schools can keep big­-time athletics connected to their academic objectives. Perhaps one way is for universities to award degrees in athletics.

I posted on it at The Least Thing as well, feel free to head over there if you’d like to discuss or comment.