1st Edition

Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    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







    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.