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MGT 444: Whistleblowing

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Justification for whistleblowing:

The Standard Theory
S1. The organization will do serious and considerable harm to the public
S2. The whistleblower has identified the threat, reported it to her supervisor, and concluded that the superior will do nothing effective
S3. The whistleblower has exhausted other internal procedures within the organization
S4. The whistleblower has evidence
S5. The whistleblower believes that revealing the threat will prevent the harm
(see text for complete theory)
Three paradoxes (of standard theory)
The paradox of burden
The paradox of missing harm
The paradox of failure
Justification for whistleblowing:

The Complicity Theory
C1. What you will reveal derives from your work for an organization
C2. You are a voluntary member of that organization
C3. You believe that the organization, though legitimate, is engaged in serious moral wrongdoing
C4. You believe that your work for that organization will contribute (more or less directly) to the wrong if (but not only if) you do not publicly reveal what you know
C5. You are justified in beliefs C3 and C4; and
C6. beliefs C3 and C4 are true.
Whistleblower protections
The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010
-Job protection
-Anonymity
-Bounties

SEC, the Office of the Whistleblower (OWB)
-https://www.sec.gov/whistleblower

Corporate tactics
-Retaliation
-Confidentiality agreements
What makes whistleblowing morally problematic? Why does it need to be justified?
The motivations of the whistleblower. Being disloyal.

It needs to be justified because
What are the main differences between the standard theory and the complicity theory?
The standard theory focuses on the harm

The complicity theory is not being involved in the morally wrong activities
Does the example of Roger Boisjoly fit the complicity theory better than it does the standard theory?
Yes it fits the complicity theory better
What are the barriers for blowing whistles? How can companies lower the barriers and make it easy for the employees to report wrongdoing?
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Should the government force companies to lower the barriers for whistleblowing?
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By "paradox" I mean
an apparent and, in this case, real inconsistency
between theory (our systematic understanding of whistleblowing) and the facts (what we actually know, or think we know, about whistle blowing).
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