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Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences
Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery

ISBN 9780367421335
Published October 27, 2020 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences offers the first in-depth analysis of the most publicized, and morally complex, case of whistleblowing in recent European history: the Norwegian national lottery, Norsk Tipping.

With contributions from the whistleblower himself, as well as from key voices in the field, this book offers unique perspectives and insights into not only this fascinating case, but into whistleblowing and wrongdoing in organizations more broadly. An international team of scholars use fourteen different theoretical lenses to show the complex and multi-faceted nature of whistleblowing. The book begins with an ethnographic account by the whistleblower story and proceeds into an analysis of the literature and conceptual topics related to that whistleblowing incident to present the lessons that can be learnt from this extreme example of institutional failure.

This fascinating, complex, and multi-theoretical book will be of great interest to scholars, students and industry leaders in the areas of public relations, corporate communication, leadership, corporate social responsibility, whistleblowing and organizational resistance.

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

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List of Contributors


Part I: Introduction

1. Alone against the organization - Peer´s whistle-blower Story

Peer J. Svenkerud

2. Whistleblowing, Voice, and Monomythology: The Prospect for Analysis

Larry D. Browning, Jan-Oddvar Sørnes and Peer J. Svenkerud

PART II: What Goes Wrong?

3. The rhetorical conditions of whistleblowing as a public act of parrhesia

Ronald Walter Greene, , Daniel Horvath and Larry Browning

4. Smothered by paradoxes and swamped by proceedures: The legal context of the case

Anne Oline Haugen

5. Whistleblowing, identity construction, and strategic communication

Corey Bruno and Charlie Conrad

PART III: How Does It Happened

6. Sense-making and Whistleblowing

Karl Weick

7. Ethical Blindness as an Explanation for Non-reporting of Organizational Wrongdoing

Einar Øverenget and Åse Storhaug Hole

8. Chronotopic Distinctions in Whistleblowing Events: X-Rays of Power and Sustaining Values

Amira De La Garza

9. Whistleblowing: Making a Weak Signal Stronger.

Bjørn T. Bakken and Thorvald Hærem

PART IV: What Makes Whistleblowing a Risky Business?

10. Blowing the Whistle is Laden with Risk

Joseph McGlynn

11. Hero or "Prince of Darkness"? Locating Peer Jacob Svenkerud in an attributions-based typology of whistleblowers

Brian Richardson

12. Norsk Tipping’s loneliest stakeholder: Crisis, issues, and the stakeholder voice

Audra Diers- Lawson

PART V: How to encourage employees to report wrongdoing?

13. The Influence of Psychological Contracts on Decision-making in Whistleblowing Processes

Åse Storhaug Hole and Therese Sverdrup

14. Culture Eats Control for Breakfast: The Difficulty of Designing Management Systems for Whistleblowing

June Borge Doornich

15. Whistleblowing as a Means of (Re)Constituting an Organization

William Rothel Smith III, Jeffrey W. Treem and Joshua B. Barbour

Part VI: Epilogue

16. Epilogue: God and Devil, Hero and Villain, and the Long Journey Ahead

Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest






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Peer Jacob Svenkerud, (PhD Ohio University), is Professor and Dean at the School of Business and Social Sciences, Inland University of Applied Sciences, Norway.  

Jan-Oddvar Sørnes, Ph.D., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Organizational Communication, Nord University, Business School.

Larry Browning, Ph. D., The Ohio State University, Professor Emeritus, William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Communication, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Moody College of Communication and Adjunct Professor of Management, Nord University Business School, Bodø, Norway.

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