Title

Making Sense of Whistle-Blowing's Antecedents: Learning from Research on Identity and Ethics Programs

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2009

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. © 2009 Business Ethics Quarterly 19:4 (October 2009).

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Business Ethics Quarterly

Volume

19

Issue

4

First Page

553

Last Page

586

ISSN

1052-150X

Identifier

10.5840/beq200919432

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center / Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals - No Cambridge Open

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/beq200919432

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