Cricket Australia: Leadership in Crisis (Simplified Chinese Version)
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Case (Pub Mat)
In March 2018, Cricket Australia (formerly the Australian Cricket Board) banned the Australian cricket captain from the sport for a year due to his involvement in a premeditated attempt at ball tampering in a test match against South Africa. He was also banned from any leadership positions in the sport for at least a year thereafter and faced financial losses on account of these bans. Australian fans and political leaders were outraged at the ball-tampering scandal and the captain's involvement. Other cricketers felt that the penalties were severe and disproportionate. What led the captain to engage in “premeditated” foul play? Could he have played the game differently? Will he be able to lead the Australian cricket team again?
This case can be taught at the undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate level in courses on leadership and crisis management. It helps in understanding generic questions pertaining to leadership, especially during crisis situations. After going through the case and assignment questions, students will be able to
- understand leader character and the qualities required of a leader;
- identify leadership behaviour in crisis situations;
- describe the barriers to recovery after a career disaster; and
- understand how to successfully navigate career disasters by overcoming barriers to recovery.
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