Edited by A. J. Brown, David Lewis, Richard E. Moberly and Wim Vandekerckhove
Chapter 13: Managerial responsiveness to whistleblowing: Expanding the research horizon
Over the past 40 years, most whistleblowing research has focused on the whistleblower. Given the historical, political and organizational context in which the notion of ‘whistleblowing’ appeared in Western public affairs from the early 1970s (Vandekerckhove 2006), this focus on the whistleblower is not surprising. When systematic empirical research began in the 1980s, the researchers faced an agenda determined largely by an antagonism between managers in organizations, on the one hand, and activists, including whistleblowers, who were trying to change corporate and governmental behavior, on the other. The result was a crude antagonism between whistleblowers as ‘ethical resisters’ and organizations as ‘bureaucratic hierarchies’ (Glazer and Glazer 1989). This dichotomy has proved enduring (e.g. O’Day 1974; De Maria 1999; Alford 2001; Uys 2008). It has naturally flowed through to research questions based on attempts to identify: Who is the whistleblower? Are they heroes or villains? Do they harm organizations? Should we protect these individuals? Forty years later, the political and organizational context seems to be a different one. As set out in Chapter 1, and in more detail in later chapters, legislation protecting or rewarding external whistleblowers is no longer a rarity. Whistleblowing policies and procedures are widely advocated as elements for strengthening public integrity, corporate governance, and efforts to combat corruption and fraud.
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