A Case of Crisis - Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal

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Presents the lack of leadership and corruption of organizational values at Penn State throughout the Jerry Sandusky scandal

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A Case of Crisis - Penn State Child Sex Abuse Scandal

  1. 1. November 4, 2011• Former Penn St. footballDefensive CoordinatorJerry Sandusky arrested• Indicted on 45 counts:– Involuntary deviate sexualintercourse– Aggravated indecent assault– Corruption of minors– Unlawful contact with minors– Endangering the welfare ofminors
  2. 2. November 9, 2011• Penn St. President GrahamSpanier forced to resign• Head football coach JoePaterno fired• Spanier, Paterno bore the bruntof public scrutiny and outrage– Concealed Sandusky’s activities– Condemned for failing to protectagainst a child sexual predator– Empowered Sandusky to attractpotential victims
  3. 3. The Penn State Way– Resistance to seekingoutside perspectives– Excessive focus onathletics– High expectations fromstakeholders– No transparency oraccountability
  4. 4. • Closed culture of athletic department– An “island” with own rules– Little personnel turnover– Hiring from within• Consequences of “bad press”• Lost vision of an educationalinstitution– Focus on corporate brand, image, market value
  5. 5. 1998• Initial Investigation(Detective Schreffler andJerry Lauro)2001• Mike McQuearynotifies Paterno,Curley and Schultz• Decision to keepunder wraps
  6. 6. • Diffusion ofresponsibility• Leadershipencourages poor moralbehavior• Deferment tohigher-ups (Milgram)
  7. 7. • Fear of “Pandora’sBox”• Emphasis onpreserving PennState’s image• Complete disregardfor the safety ofchildren
  8. 8. What– Jerry Sandusky sexually assaultedyoung children– Penn St. officials attempted tocover it upHow– The culture of winning– “The Penn State Way”Why– Board of Trustees failed to dotheir job– Diffusion of responsibility– Desire to protect the university’snew image, overriding the corevalues of the university

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