HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Predictors of external whistleblowing: Organizational and intrapersonal variables

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-1998

Publication Title

Journal of Business Ethics

ISSN or ISBN

0167-4544

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

411

Last Page

421

Description

Research on whistleblowing has not yet provided a finite set of variables which have been shown to influence an employee's decision to report wrongdoing. Prior research on business ethics suggests that ethical business decisions are influenced by both organizational as well as intrapersonal variables. As such, this paper attempts to predict the decision to whistleblow using organizational and intrapersonal variables. External whistleblowing was found to be significantly related to supervisor support, informal policies, gender, and ideal values. External whistleblowing was not found to be significantly predicted by formal policies, organizational tenure, age, education, satisfaction, or commitment.

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