blowers are responsible for the public knowing the information of the actions
that the organization have been taking.
This information that the whistleblower provides could be very helpful to the
public if the actions that are taken are harmful to the human society. Have whistleblowers gained a name of
a hero or villain though? Whistleblowers have can have many motives and they
aren’t the most selfless
Whistleblowers that work for multi-million dollar companies tend to have large
payouts when they blow the whistle.
Also their motives can just simply be payback for past actions. On the other hand those that are
considered heroes are motivated by loyalty.
Because there are such consequences to being a whistleblower, “85%
of workers see wrong-doing at their places of employment, yet fail to report it.” Benyamin, C.
(2017, June 09) Being a hero or
villain is merely just your opinion.
The act of whistleblowing can be seen as a hero because they have presented
immoral or illegitimate information to the public.
They are considered villains when they blow the whistle for self-gain rather
than the morally correct decision. there
are two types of decisions which are made and taken by the whistle blowers
First, they have to determine
the wrongdoing prevalent in the organization.
how to deal with the wrong doing present in the organization. One important prerequisite is to
make ethical decisions and for this the whistle blower needs to have the
ability to recognize and evaluate the ethical dilemma correctly. Hence it is necessary to understand
the propensity of whistle blowing towards the moral reasoning (Taylor and
like Miceli & Near,
1985; Miethe& Rothschild,
1994 have attempted to recognize the characteristics of a whistle blower in the
Like, Brabeck (1984)
studiedthe relationship between the moral reasoning of an employee and
whistle-blowing and his this study found that the employees who have higher
degree of moral reasoning are the once who are considered more likely to blow
Miceli et al.,
(2001) presented that when the employees do not feel morally compelled they do
not report the wrongdoing prevailing in the organization. Rhodes and Strain (2004) studied
whistle-blowing in academics. Keenan
Near et al.,
(2004) explained the factors which effect the employees to blow whistle
internally or externally in the organization.
Internal whistleblowing occurs when someone
uses their authority or rank to violate the rules within an organization, so one’s superiors are bypassed, because they are either involved in
the wrongdoing themselves or are scared to act on the situation. Because the whistleblowing stayed
within the organization,
it is internal.
External whistleblowing is when you take the problem from the organization and
present it to the press,
or news station.