Essays on FIFA Controversies and Recommendations to Effect Reforms Case Study

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The paper 'FIFA Controversies and Recommendations to Effect Reforms" is a good example of a management case study. The International Federation of Association of Football (FIFA) has recently been rocked by corruption scandals involving the top management. The scandal has led to the push by stakeholders such as the main sponsors for reforms to ensure transparency, accountability and fairness. This report provides a discussion on the issues facing FIFA through analyzing the decisions and judgments made by the FIFA management against key organization theory perspectives such as the agency theory, stewardship and organizational culture.

The report finds that the lack of transparency in the operations and decision-making of the organization contributed to the failure in the management of the organization. The lack of a strong organizational culture also contributed to the management woes of the organization. Based on the analysis of the decisions made by the top management, the report then makes recommendations which can help the FIFA management to effect reforms in the organization and restore public confidence in its ability to manage football worldwide. Background The International Federation of Association of Football (FIFA) is the body responsible for the administration of football all over the world.

The organization was founded in 1904 with its objective being to extend the reach of football globally. Today, the world football governing body has grown from its seven European members to 208 member nations reflecting the influence that football has across the globe (Rummenigge 2012, 1). Recently, FIFA has come under close scrutiny as the organization has been faced with allegations of corruption ranging from vote-buying in the presidential election to bribery in the bidding process for the World Cup.

Previous corruption allegations against FIFA have been met by an unwillingness by FIFA executives to allow public scrutiny of its activities. However, recently executives of the organization have been accused of accepting bribes from suppliers of materials, selling their votes to the countries intending to host the World Cup and bribery in the election of the FIFA president. The situation has been made worse by further allegations that the former FIFA president knew of the bribery and corruption issues affective other executive members but took no steps to curb the vices.

Previous allegations of corruption in the organization over the years have been dismissed without investigations due to the efforts by the management to avoid transparency. However, these fresh allegations have led to public criticism and the call for reform of the world football governing body. Its main sponsors such as Adidas and Coca-Cola have also been in the frontline in the push for reforms in FIFA. Identified Issues and Analysis The issues facing FIFA relate to the failure to observe corporate governance principles that are crucial for every organization.

Specifically, there are issues of transparency, accountability, discipline and ethics and fairness. The height of the controversies facing FIFA arose when the body decided that Qatar would host the World Cup in 2022. Numerous allegations of bribery surfaced after the voting signifying that the decision may not have been based on fairness. Further, the decision was followed by a change in the period when the World Cup would be held due to Qatar’ s weather and the fact that Qatar does not have the required football facilities.

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