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Management and Organization: Various Approaches

Edited By Yasin Cakirel

The volume provides a collection of research papers in the area of management and organization on a wide range of topics including job alienation, whistleblowing, responsible leadership, cyberloafing, job crafting, organizational trust and career satisfaction.

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Whistleblowing Concept and Management Process

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1 Introduction

When someone in an organization or workplace sees or knows about something illegal going on there and informs the authorities, press etc., it is called whistleblowing. It is like “blowing the whistle” so that people’s focus will go there, to where a bad thing was happening and was being covered up. It can be very dangerous for the person doing the whistleblowing because the organization can be powerful and the retribution can be enormous. Sometimes, death or imprisonment. This is what you will hear when you ask about what whistleblowing means to people outside the academic world. In addition to this definition when the literature is examined regarding the whistleblowing concept it is seen that the term whistleblowing is thought to originate from “to blow the whistle” in English (Aydın, 2003, 81).

It is defined as informing about the employees or persons who have been employed in an organization by illegal, immoral and unlawful acts (Keil et al., 2010). The etymological origins of this concept are not clear but have various definitions. In the origin of the statement, it is generally thought that the referee stops the football game by blowing a whistle when he faces an illegal situation or that the police alerts the public via blowing a whistle when a crime is committed (Balcı, 2016). Jubb (1999) states that the concept comes from the whistle (whistling) of an authority figure in environments such as a school yard or playground...

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