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Whistle blowing

Whistle blowing entails revealing wrongdoing or improper conduct within an organization to those in authority or to the public. Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers, who report misconduct on a fellow employee or superior within their company. One of the most interesting questions with respect to internal whistleblowers is why and under what circumstances people will either act on the spot to stop illegal and otherwise unacceptable behavior or report it. As such, discuss the clash between an employee's loyalty to an organization and her or his duty to society or a corporate stakeholder. In an APA style response, please answer the following questions in 1 to 2 pages:

What factors may cause an individual to blow the whistle against a firm?

How much harm must occur? How much potential for harm is a sufficient motivator?

How much privacy should be given to an organization?

Are internal whistle-blowing programs -- developed by many firms -- adequate, or are they window dressing or legal protection?

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Some of the factors that cause an individual to blow the whistle against a firm include negative impact of firm's or its employee's actions on society, community and public in terms of breach of trust, financial losses, etc., negative impact of firm's actions on employees and other stakeholders of the organization and breach of laws and regulations by the firm or its employees. Even if the act is not illegal but unacceptable from ethical standards, the individual may report it depending on the severity of the breach. I would ...

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Whistle blowing entails revealing wrongdoing or improper conduct within an organization to those in authority or to the public. Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers, who report misconduct on a fellow employee or superior within their company. One of the most interesting questions with respect to internal whistleblowers is why and under what circumstances people will either act on the spot to stop illegal and otherwise unacceptable behavior or report it. As such, discuss the clash between an employee's loyalty to an organization and her or his duty to society or a corporate stakeholder. In an APA style response, please answer the following questions in 1 to 2 pages:

What factors may cause an individual to blow the whistle against a firm?

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