The Diffusion of Authority: A Case Study Analysis of News Corporation’s News of the World Newspaper

  • Richard A. GershonEmail author
  • Abubakar Alhassan
Part of the Media Business and Innovation book series (MEDIA)


The purpose of this case study analysis is to understand the confluence of factors that led to business misconduct at News Corporation’s News of the World newspaper. Special attention is given to three contributing factors: (1) organizational culture, (2) management decision-making and high-risk strategy, and (3) failures in corporate governance. A basic argument is that such glaring failures were directly aided by a diffusion of authority where neither the company’s executive leadership nor its corporate board of directors were willing to acknowledge or take responsibility for the actions of the newspaper’s management and professional writing staff. There was an information gap that allowed poor strategic decision-making to occur. The closure of News of the World brought an end to a 168 year old highly successful English-language newspaper.


Corporate Governance Chief Executive Officer Corporate Board Senior Leadership Corporate Governance System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Bayero UniversityKanoNigeria

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