Speaking Up about Unethical behaviour: The factors that are likely to contribute towards the voicing (or silence) of unethical behaviour
Acts of unethical behaviour can be particularly devastating for organisations, both in terms of performance and reputation. For example, unethical accounting practices were thought to be at the root of the Enron Corporation collapse in 2001 (Tourish & Vatcha, 2005) and allegations of Child Sexual Exploitation caused severe reputational damage to one UK Police Force (Jay, 2013). Where organisations can encourage employees to speak up about unethical behaviour, they may have the opportunity to prevent such problems. However, there are a number of reasons why employees might not speak up including individual beliefs (Detert & Edmondson, 2011; Morrison & Milliken, 2000), managerial behaviour (Detert & Burris, 2007), organisational culture (Morrison & Milliken, 2000) and economic factors such as unemployment rates (Kaufman, 2015). There has been very little empirical evidence to show how these influences affect the voicing of unethical behaviour specifically. Therefore, this PhD proposal will examine the factors that are likely to contribute towards the voicing (or silence) of unethical behaviour. Applications are invited for this PhD proposal from strong candidates with experience and interest in both qualitative and quantitative methods.
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