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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 1-16

First online:

Organizational dissidence: The case of whistle-blowing

  • Janet P. Near
  • , Marcia P. Miceli

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Abstract

Research on whistle-blowing has been hampered by a lack of a sound theoretical base. In this paper, we draw upon existing theories of motivation and power relationships to propose a model of the whistle-blowing process. This model focuses on decisions made by organization members who believe they have evidence of organizational wrongdoing, and the reactions of organization authorities. Based on a review of the sparse empirical literature, we suggest variables that may affect both the members' decisions and the organization's responses.