SA-P01-054 - Social Heroism at Work: Prosocial and Aggressive Whistleblowing

Track:
Ethical issues in Organizational Psychology
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
Saturday May 20   09:30 AM to 01:00 PM (3 hours 30 minutes)
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Ethics and Sustainability
Ethical issues in Organizational Psychology
SA-P01-054
Social Heroism at Work: Prosocial and Aggressive Whistleblowing
E. Kinsella*, M. Maher
 
 
Content: Whistleblowing is the term given to the action of reporting of illegal, immoral or illegitimate activities in organizations in an attempt to instigate change, without expectation of personal reward (Miceli & Near, 1985). Here we examine the situational and individual difference characteristics that give rise to whistleblowing, as well as presenting preliminary findings from two studies that investigate prosocial and aggressive forms of whistleblowing.  The act of whistleblowing may carry risks to an individual’s finances, status, and health, and may result in social ostracism (Franco, Blau & Zimbardo, 2011; Glazer & Glazer, 1999; Shepela, Cook, Horlitz, & Worden,1999).   Thus, we also consider whether differing motivations to speak out may positively or negatively influence the subsequent mental health and wellbeing of the whistleblower.  Theoretical links between whistleblowing, and other areas of the literature on heroism (e.g., Kinsella, Ritchie, & Igou, 2015, 2016), courageous resistance (Shepela et al., 1999) and moral rebels (Monin, Sawyer & Marquez, 2008) are discussed.  
 
 
 

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