Making sense of whistle-blowing’s antecedents: Learning from research on identity and ethics programs

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Title Making sense of whistle-blowing’s antecedents: Learning from research on identity and ethics programs
Author Vadera, Abhijeet K.; Aguilera, Ruth V.; Caza, Brianna
Journal Name Business Ethics Quarterly
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher Philosophy Documentation Center
Abstract Despite a significant increase in whistle-blowing practices in work organizations, we know little about what differentiates whistle-blowers from those who observe a wrongdoing but chose not to report it. In this review article, we first highlight the arenas in which research on whistle-blowing has produced inconsistent results and those in which the findings have been consistent. Second, we propose that the adoption of an identity approach will help clarify the inconsistent findings and extend prior work on individual-level motives behind whistle-blowing. Third, we argue that the integration of the whistle-blowing research with that on ethics programs will aid in systematically expanding our understanding of the situational antecedents of whistle-blowing. We conclude our review by discussing new theoretical and methodological arenas of research in the domain of whistle-blowing.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://secure.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/journal?openform&journal=pdc_beq
Volume 19
Issue Number 4
Page from 553
Page to 586
ISSN 1052-150X
Date Accessioned 2012-08-13
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Organisational Behaviour
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47267
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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