The psychology of whistleblowing

James Dungan, Adam Waytz*, Liane Young

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Abstract

Whistleblowing - reporting another person's unethical behavior to a third party - represents an ethical quandary. In some cases whistleblowing appears heroic whereas in other cases it appears reprehensible. This article describes how the decision to blow the whistle rests on the tradeoff that people make between fairness and loyalty. When fairness increases in value, whistleblowing is more likely whereas when loyalty increases in value, whistleblowing is less likely. Furthermore, we describe systematic personal, situational, and cultural factors stemming from the fairness-loyalty tradeoff that drive whistleblowing. Finally, we describe how minimizing this tradeoff and prioritizing constructive dissent can encourage whistleblowing and strengthen collectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-133
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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Dungan, James ; Waytz, Adam ; Young, Liane. / The psychology of whistleblowing. In: Current Opinion in Psychology. 2015 ; Vol. 6. pp. 129-133.
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