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Cultural orientation and attitudes toward different forms of whistleblowing: a comparison of South Korea, Turkey, and the U.K.

Park, Heungsik; Blenkinsopp, John; Oktem, M. Kemal; Omurgonulsen, Ugur

Authors

Heungsik Park

John Blenkinsopp

M. Kemal Oktem

Ugur Omurgonulsen



Abstract

This article reports the findings of a cross-cultural study that explored the relationship between nationality, cultural orientation, and attitudes toward different ways in which an employee might blow the whistle. The study investigated two questions - are there any significant differences in the attitudes of university students from South Korea, Turkey and the U.K. toward various ways by which an employee blows the whistle in an organization?, and what effect, if any, does cultural orientation have on these attitudes? In order to answer these questions, the study identified six dimensions of whistleblowing and four types of cultural orientation. The survey was conducted among 759 university students, who voluntarily participated; 284 South Korean, 230 Turkish, and 245 U.K. Although all three samples showed a preference for formal, anonymous and internal modes of whistleblowing, there were significant variations related to nationality and cultural orientation. The findings have some key implications for organizational practice and offer directions for future research.

Citation

Park, H., Blenkinsopp, J., Oktem, M. K., & Omurgonulsen, U. (2008). Cultural orientation and attitudes toward different forms of whistleblowing: a comparison of South Korea, Turkey, and the U.K. Journal of business ethics, 82(4), (929-939). doi:10.1007/s10551-007-9603-1. ISSN 0167-4544

Journal Article Type Review
Online Publication Date Nov 13, 2007
Publication Date Nov 1, 2008
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Journal of Business Ethics
Print ISSN 0167-4544
Electronic ISSN 1573-0697
Publisher Springer Publishing Company
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 82
Issue 4
Pages 929-939
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-007-9603-1
Keywords Cultural orientation; Nationality; Whistleblowing
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/469662