Blowing the Whistle Is Laden With Risk

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This book chapter explores perceptions of risk and responses to organizational wrongdoing.

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McGlynn, Joseph 2021.

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This book chapter explores perceptions of risk and responses to organizational wrongdoing.

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Abstract: By choosing to expose wrongdoing, whistleblowers put themselves at risk for slander, threats, and intimidation. What motivates them to engage in such risky behavior? Risk theory identifies two broad dimensions of risk: the likelihood of its occurrence and the magnitude of its effect. The decision to blow the whistle reflects the person’s appetite for risk and shows how they prioritize the cessation of wrongdoing over the inevitable introduction of uncertainty into their lives. Before taking action, whistleblowers must assess their tolerance for risk, grounded in the judged likelihood of negative outcomes and the potential impact of their occurrence. When assessing risks with uncertain outcomes, losses loom larger than gains. For whistleblowers, the decision becomes even more complex. They must concurrently assess the risk of blowing the whistle with the risk of remaining silent in the face of wrongdoing.

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  • Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences: Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery, (1st ed.)., Routledge, 2021

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  • Publication Title: Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences: Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 12
  • Page Start: 139
  • Page End: 150
  • Preferred Citation: Svenkerud, P.J., Sørnes, J.-O., & Browning, L. (Eds.). (2021). Whistleblowing, Communication and Consequences: Lessons from The Norwegian National Lottery (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367822033

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McGlynn, Joseph. Blowing the Whistle Is Laden With Risk, chapter, 2021; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1934109/: accessed December 1, 2022), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

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