Determinants of whistleblowing intention : evidence from the South Korean government

Chang, Y, Wilding, MA ORCID: and Shin, M 2017, 'Determinants of whistleblowing intention : evidence from the South Korean government' , Public Performance & Management Review, 40 (4) , pp. 676-700.

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In 2001, the South Korean government passed the Anti-Corruption Act, which provides whistleblower protection in the public sector. The system of protections and rewards was strengthened in 2011 by the Act on the Protection of Public Interest Whistleblowers. Although these laws ensure immunity—and even financial incentives—for whistleblowers, whistleblowing is still not a straightforward task. Based on a survey of 5706 public officials in central government, this study examines how a range of factors influence whistleblowing intention: attitude; knowledge; colleague support; organizational support; and protection against retaliation. A number of demographic variables, relating to gender; marital status; length of tenure; duty; and position type are used as controls. The results of the ordered probit regression analysis show all of the independent variables to have a significant positive effect on whistleblowing intention. However, colleague support and organizational support have the biggest effects, while perceived protection against retaliation has the smallest. This suggests that there is a need for future government efforts to build upon the available legal protections by focusing on creating a supportive culture among colleagues and in the organization more generally.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Public Performance & Management Review
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Online
ISSN: 1530-9576
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Depositing User: Dr Mark Wilding
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 08:25
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:55

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