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This Isn’t a Cycling Problem

"In America, there's a set of rules, then a set of acceptable behaviors, and then the vilification—but only if you get caught—no matter how clear the evidence was from the start," says Tim Quigley.

He should know. As an assistant professor of management, Quigley spends a lot of time research the behavior and ethics of CEOs. He is focused on managerial discretion—or how and when CEOs and other top executives impact organizational outcomes, the causes and outcomes of CEO succession, and how these have changed over the course of time.

In a Q&A with Lehigh, he says were are living in a culture with an ethics crisis—one where we are happy to turn a blind eye to cheating and bending the rules, as long as you are vilified when you actually get caught. The problem, Quigley says, is that the penalties associated with unethical performance just aren't powerful enough deterrents for those who look to get ahead at all costs. And it's a problem that extends well beyond America's boardrooms.

It's endemic to cycling, but the sport is not alone; cheating has become rampant in American athletics. Quigley, an elite cyclist in his own right who tweets from his handle at @tim_quigley, is afraid we won't know where to draw the line. "I don't want to live in a society that says you must cheat to be the best."

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