Managerial mischief is a term that refers to intentional violations of ethics. It differs from moral mazes in that there are no gray areas here. These are instances where people in power simply do things that are clearly wrong.
Two examples of this from recent times in the business of sports include:
- The actions of Bobby Petrino, who was the head football coach at the University of Arkansas. Petrino was having an affair with a young woman. He then used his influence to have her hired for a job for which she was not truly qualified.
- The actions of various people in the New Orleans Saints organization. The Saints' defensive coordinator and players had a bounty system in which the players would be paid extra money for hurting opponents enough to have them removed from the game. Different targets were worth different amounts and more devastating hits were worth more.
In both cases, the people in management were doing things that were clearly unethical. These were not cases in which they got lost in "moral mazes." Instead, these were cases in which they intentionally made unethical choices.