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October 26, 2018 / Sian Moore

Is whistleblowing the new normal?

This seminar on whistleblowing  will take place on Wednesday, 12th December 2018, between 3-6 pm, at the University of Greenwich (Room HH102, Hamilton House, Park Vista).

In the context of whistleblowing, policy-makers have recently started to shift the focus from the person of the whistleblower towards the recipients of whistleblowing, i.e. those whom whistleblowers call upon to stop wrongdoing. Increasingly, organisations are implementing speak-up policies through procedures, training, and in-house or outsourced hotlines. Is this a new form of managerialism? Is it, as some voice scholars wrote recently (Barry & Wilkinson, 2016 BJIR), “pro-social or pro-management”? On the other hand, research shows that external whistleblowing is most often a result of badly managed internal whistleblowing. Hence, the way organisations institutionalise whistleblowing warrants our attention. This seminar discusses the institutionalisation of whistleblowing, around four pieces of recent research conducted by invited speakers:

Dr Erik Mygind du Plessis, Copenhagen Business School. “Speaking truth through power: Conceptualizing internal hotlines using Foucault’s dispositive.”

Prof David Lewis, Middlesex University. “What information about whistleblowing do the FTSE top 100 firms post on their website?”

Dr Mahaut Fanchini, University of Paris-Dauphine. “The co-construction of whistleblowing: How expectations of the recipient frame ‘acceptable’ whistleblowing narratives.”

Arron Phillips, University of Greenwich. “Do trade union members blow the whistle differently? Exploring data from a UK whistleblower advice line.”

Chaired by Dr Wim Vandekerckhove, University of Greenwich

Biographies of speakers:

Erik Du Plessis is assistant Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. His research explores ways in which whistleblowing is institutionalised. Previous studies include whistleblowing in the context of Danish trade unions.

David Lewis is Professor of Employment Law at Middlesex University. He is the convenor of the International Whistleblowing Research Network. He is head of the Whistleblowing Research Unit at Middlesex University, and has published widely on the topic of whistleblowing since the mid-1990s.

Mahaut Francini is Assistant Professor in Organisation Studies at the University of Paris-Dauphine. Her research focuses on understanding practices and discourses related to the reception of whistleblowing episodes.

Arron Phillips is a WERU/CREW PhD student at the University of Greenwich. His current research focuses on the role of trade unions in the whistleblowing process.

Wim Vandekerckhove is Reader in Business Ethics at the University of Greenwich, and WERU/CREW member. He has provided expertise on whistleblowing to various stakeholders, including Council of Europe, Transparency International, ACCA, British Standards Institute, Financial Conduct Authority, Department of Health, and Public Concern at Work. He is currently the convenor of the ISO working group (TC309/WG3) developing an international standard on internal whistleblowing systems.

This is a free seminar, open to the public and all are invited, but please can you inform us if you are planning to attend from outside the University of Greenwich by registering your interest at:   Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend. Or email Dr Ruth Ballardie on


Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ

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