Decision-making process of internal whistleblowing behavior in China: Empirical evidence and implications

Julia Zhang*, Randy K Chiu, Liqun Wei

*Corresponding author for this work

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    In response to the lack of empirical studies examining the internal disclosure behavior in the Chinese context, this study tested a whistleblowing-decision-making process among employees in the Chinese banking industry. For would-be whistleblowers, positive affect and organizational ethical culture were hypothesized to enhance the expected efficacy of their whistleblowing intention, by providing collective norms concerning legitimate, management-sanctioned behavior. Questionnaire surveys were collected from 364 employees in 10 banks in the Hangzhou City, China. By and large, the findings supported the hypotheses. Issues of whistleblowing in the Chinese context and implications were discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-41
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue numberSUPPL. 1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Law

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Chinese culture
    • Ethical organizational culture
    • Positive affect
    • Whistleblowing


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