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Title: Why Do Only Some People Blow the Whistle? A Multi-Theoretical Perspective
Authors: Edirisinghe, C.
Kailasapathy, Pavithra
Keywords: Whistle-blowing intention
Personal cost of reporting
Personal responsibility for reporting
Evidence of wrongdoing
Issue Date: 2021
Citation: Edirisinghe, C. & Kailasapathy, P. (2021). Why do only some people blow the whistle? A multi-theoretical perspective. Sri Lankan Journal of Management, 26(1), 93-118
Abstract: De George’s Theory of Whistle-blowing explains an individual’s whistle- ϐ Ǥ ǡ it does not adequately explain why only some people blow the whistle. This theoretical paper proposes a framework combining the theories of Principled Organizational Dissent, Resource Dependency, and Moral Conation to address the theoretical gaps in De George’s Theory of Whistle- Ǥ ǡ ϐ mediate the relationships between personal principles, personal cost of reporting, personal responsibility for reporting, evidence of wrongdoing and whistle-blowing intention. Further, based on the Theory of Moral Conation, this paper suggests that the moral conation capacities of ǡ ϐ ǡ ϐ Ǧ Ǥ The main theoretical contribution of the paper is that it addresses three theoretical gaps inherent in De George’s Theory of Whistle-blowing. The proposed framework’s managerial implications include establishing a supportive culture for implementing human resource management systems which promote individual whistle-blowing behaviour. In addition, this study opens up avenues for future research to use morality as a key concept in studies related to whistle-blowing.
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