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.
"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
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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