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1st Edition

Whistle-Blowing in Organizations

ISBN 9780805859898
Published April 3, 2008 by Psychology Press
262 Pages

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Book Description

This is a research-based book on whistle-blowing in organizations. The three noted authors describe studies on this important topic and the implications of the research and theory for organizational behavior, managerial practice, and public policy. In the past few years there have been critical developments, including corporate scandals, which have called public attention to whistle-blowing and have led to the first comprehensive federal legislation to protect private sector whistle-blowers (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act). This book is the first to integrate these new developments in an analytic and empirically grounded approach to whistle-blowing in organizations.

Table of Contents

Preface.  Introduction  Who Blows the Whistle?  The Prosocial Organizational Behavior Model and Personal Predictors of Whistle-blowing.  Situational Predictors of Whistle-blowing, and Recent Theoretical Developments.  A Model of the Predictors and Outcomes of Retaliation.  What Predicts Whistle-blowing Effectiveness?  We Have a Lot to Learn.  The Legal Status of Whistle-blowing.  Practical Implications of the Research and Legal Changes, and Conclusion.  References.

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Marcia P. Miceli is currently Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. She received her Doctorate of Business Administration in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Indiana University in 1982.

She just published Effective Whistle Blowing (with Near) for the Academy of Management Review, and Art Brief, editor of this series, convinced her to expand her findings into a new book for our series.

Marcia has taught at Ohio State where she was Chair of the Department of Management and Human Resources and Associate Dean.

Terry Morehead Dworkin is Dean, Wentworth Professor of Business Law, Office of Women’s Affairs, Indiana University. She is co-director, Center for International Business Education and Research. She received her graduate degree from Indiana University School of Law.

Terry is the author of the following textbooks:

Law and Business¸ 9th ed.

Essentials of Business Law and Regulatory Environment

Contract Law

Janet Pollex Near is Chair of Management at Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. She received her PhD in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo. Her current research is the relationship among Job and Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence and Task Performance, and Organizational Dissent and Whistle Blowing.


"Human life in increasingly lived in organizations and the project of enforcing proper conduct by these organizations falls significantly on employees. The study of whistle-blowing, while in its infancy, has the potential to make significant contributions to the quality and fate of the latest chapter in the human project. Whistle-Blowing in Organizations provides an important benchmark for students of this area by providing a synthesis of the very latest research on the varieties, foundations, consequences and effectiveness of whistle-blowing. The potential contributions of this field for understanding and improving human life are immense. And Whistle-Blowing in Organizations sets us solidly on a path toward realizing those goals." -Randy Hodson, Ohio State University, Editor, American Sociological Review

 "I think this book will be considered required reading for anyone interested in whistle-blowing because it is such a thorough review." -Linda Trevino, Pennsylvania State University

"The book is crammed full of valuable information about the current state of research and leading edge thinking on the subject of whistle blowing in organizations. It has potential to be the definitive scholarly handbook on the subject." -William A. Wines, Missouri Western State University

"Whistle-blowing in Organizations is an insightful and comprehensive compilation of current research and theory on whistle-blowing with clear implications for future research and practice. The text is written from a researcher's perspective, but succeeds in being accessible to readers outside academia as well as to scholars and students of a variety of disciplines." -Jessica Mesmer-Magnus, Ph.D., SPHR, University of North Carolina Wilmington