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lec09 - of whistleblowing Whistleblowing Cases • Jeffrey...

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1 Whistleblowing Disclosure : information intentionally conveyed outside channels Topic : concerns a significant moral problem Agent : employee or former employee Recipient : in position to take action Types of Whistleblowing • Internal • External • Open • Anonymous Partly Open Costs of Whistleblowing Can affect career, family, future earnings You can only whistleblow once in your career Contractual Obligation of Loyalty • Whistleblowing violates loyalty obligation to employer Disclosing proprietary information
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2 When to whistleblow? Actual or potential harm is serious Harm is documented Has been reported to immediate supervisors If no response, have pursued regular channels within organization Reasonable hope that whistleblowing will remedy or prevent harm Supererogatory Obligations If personal cost to you is so great, do not have to whistleblow But doesn’t this undermine whole idea
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