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Whistleblowing and interpretation, addressing organizational challenges: a conceptual reflection from Nigeria

Ufua, Daniel Ebakoleaneh and Butt, Fawwad M. and Al-Faryan, Mamdouh Abdulaziz Saleh (2024) Whistleblowing and interpretation, addressing organizational challenges: a conceptual reflection from Nigeria. FORESIGHT. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1463-6689

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Purpose – This study aims to explore the effect of whistleblowing and interpretation among practitioners in the Nigerian economy. The research puts a premium on understanding the relevance and critical issues in its practices and developing an improved model for the effective practice of whistleblowing and interpretation in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – This study adopted a conceptual approach, relying on extant literature to understand the management of whistleblowing incidents and identify the managers’ and other stakeholders’ responsibility in the whistleblowing process. It applied systems dynamics conceptual modelling and presented an improvement approach to addressing the complexities associated with whistleblowing and interpretation among Nigerian organizations. Findings – This study contributed to the extant literature by developing a model for proper management of whistleblowing in the Nigerian context and enhancing the robust practice of whistleblowing and interpretation in Nigeria. The findings highlighted critical factors such as managers’ skills development, legal system support, institutional stakeholders’ function and ethical balance as key factors to effective whistleblowing management and interpretation. This implies that the act of identifying and developing responses to an emerging case of whistleblowing requires a process of developing underpinning assumptions, engagement and consideration of stakeholders’ interests while driving the sustenance of organizational focus. Originality/value – This study emphasized the departure from absolute best practice to developing idea approaches that reflect stakeholders’ interests and the context of whistleblowing and interpretation. While the study acknowledges limitations in the sole focus on the Nigerian private sector and the Nigerian economic background, it recommends further exploration of whistleblowing and its interpretation on a comparative approach, to improving the current understanding of the topic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Manager’s responsibility, Nigerian economy, Whistleblowing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 14 May 2024 12:48
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 12:48

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