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William Mark Felt, Sr. (1913-2008), A.K.A. ‘Deep Throat’. Felt, a former associated director of the FBI supplied Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein with enough insider information to take down President Nixon after the Watergate scandal. (Source: CBS News)

Blowing the Whistle on Unethical Conduct: It Takes a Village

Idea posted: August 2013
  • CSR & Governance
  • Finance
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Operations

Employees who want to report wrongdoing must overcome two fears: the fear of retaliation and the fear of futility (the fear of risking the enmity of boss and co-workers for nothing, because nothing is done). New research on whistleblowers confirms that the boss sets the initial ethical tone for the organization or unit, but also demonstrates that co-workers play an important role in either supporting or discouraging whistleblowing. The research shows that the interaction of the two factors — boss attitude and co-workers attitude — impacts an employee’s fear of retaliation. If either the

Idea #193
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Smoke But No Fire: How Employees View CEO Pay

Idea posted: July 2013
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

In recent years, calls to address CEO compensation packages have been rife. The press has ‘named and shamed’ many organizations for their excessive pay schemes, but despite all the noise, there has been little worker revolt. So what exactly is the effect of CEO pay, if any, on employee attitudes? This Idea examines the relationship between the two, and offers guidance for individuals involved in setting CEO compensation.

Idea #173
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