Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 39: Whistleblowing as a crucial practice for responsible management

Luca Carollo, Simone Pulcher and Marco Guerci


Notwithstanding the increasing interest in responsible management research, education and practice, severe acts of irresponsibility happen every day in many business organizations. How can those irresponsible behaviors be detected and prevented? In this conceptual chapter, we explore the similarities and possible synergies between responsible management and whistleblowing. In particular, we show how the practice of whistleblowing is not only consistent with responsible management principles but also crucial in detecting and preventing irresponsible behaviors. Managers (notably, all managers and not only those holding sustainability or ethics-related roles) can indeed act as whistleblowers for themselves and/or support whistleblowing as a trigger for more responsible management and organizations.

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