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Whistleblowing Persistence: A struggle for recognition

January 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker(s): Professor Kate Kenny & Dr Meghan Van Portfliet

Affiliation: Work, Organizations and Society Cluster

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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Why and how do whistleblowers persist? This paper presents a novel approach that draws on Axel Honneth’s ideas of esteem recognition in considering whistleblowing experiences. We situate our analysis in the context of ethical resistance in organizations, focusing specifically on interactions between the whistleblower and powerful others to whom the disclosure is addressed. In so doing we present whistleblowing as a protracted process involving an intersubjective struggle for recognition. The struggle takes place between the whistleblower and the authoritative others from whom she seeks recognition. Our arguments are illustrated with the case of Jane Doe, a financial sector whistleblower whose disclosures contributed to the demise of one of the U.S.’s largest mortgage lending institutions in the 2008 crisis. We conclude by highlighting the practical potential of our approach for understanding whistleblowing and whistleblower protections.

This is one of a series of seminars in the Whitaker Ideas Forum. Kate & Meghan will be representing the Work, Organizations and Society Cluster.

The Whitaker Ideas Forum is a weekly seminar, running Wednesday’s throughout the semester from 1:00pm-2:00pm in CA110. It provides the opportunity for members of the Institute to showcase their research. The result are presentations that highlight the diversity of the research being undertaken, while allowing for an opportunity to engage in discussions and, sometimes, collaboration with attendees. Below, you will find a list of this semester’s seminars, please click the title for more information on that seminar.

Date Presenter Seminar Topic

Whitaker

Research Cluster

22 January Professor Kate Kenny Whistleblowing Persistence: A struggle for recognition Work, Organizations and Society
29 January Dr Eoin Daly Legislating against minority governments: Ireland’s “money message” procedure as an instrument of executive dominance Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
05 February Dr Elaine Wallace Investigating Burnout as a mediator between Organisational Citizenship and Counterproductive Workplace Behaviours among Frontline Employees. Performance Management
12 February Visiting Professor Juan Miguel Rey Pino TBA Applied Systems Thinking
19 February Dr Deirdre Curran Spreading Hospitality Inwards: An empirical investigation of worker treatment in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland. Work, Organizations and Society
26 February Dr Kevin O’Sullivan Aidland in South Asia: Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh and the Contours of the Global Aid Industry in the 1970s Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security
04 March A conversation with Professor Breda Sweeney
11 March Dr John Cullinan Is Mammography Screening an Effective Public Health Intervention? Evidence from a Natural Experiment Population and Migration
18 March Conversations with our Professors TBA
25 March Dr Alison Herbert How does place influence the ageing and quality of life of older women in Connemara and rural Sweden? Gender and Public Policy
01 April Visiting Professor Bernie Carlson TBA Innovation and Structural Change