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Speaking up about unethical behaviour


Project Description

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 and Vatcha, 2005) and failure to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation caused severe reputational damage to numerous organisation (Jay, 2013). If organisations can encourage employees to speak up about unethical behaviour, they are more likely to prevent such problems. However, there are a number of reasons why employees might not speak up, including individual beliefs (Morrison and Milliken, 2000; Detert and Edmondson, 2011), managerial behaviour (Detert and Burris, 2007), organisational culture (Morrison and 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.

References

Detert and Burris, 2007), organisational culture (Morrison and 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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