Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Lisa Scherer
Dr. James Thomas
Whistle-blowing--the disclosure of illegal, immoral, or illegitimate organizational practices--has received increased attention in recent years as a possible method for organizations to prevent loss due to theft, injury, law suits, etc. Few studies to date have examined this topic from more than a descriptive or correlational perspective. A new emphasis on controlled studies may shed more light on the topic. This study used a 3 x 2 x 2 design to examine the causal influences of three levels of perceived identifiability of the potential whistle-blower and the effects of the gender of both the potential whistle-blower and the authority to whom the whistle-blower might reveal information. Results concerning identifiability were insignificant but in the hypothesized direction. Results concerning the gender hypothesis were also insignificant but point to the potentially important role of the authority figure's gender upon the subjects' propensity to blow the whistle.
Johanson, John, "Effects of gender and perceived identifiability on whistle-blowing behavior" (1995). Student Work. 928.