3rd year PhD presentation - Dimitrios Batolos


The social nature of whistleblowing decision-making

2021.07.05 | Vibeke Vrang

Date Thu 05 Aug
Time 14:00 15:00
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On 5 August at 14:00, there will be a 3rd year PhD presentation by Dimitrios Batolos entitled The social nature of whistleblowing decision-making.


Supervisors: Panagiotis Mitkidis & Dan Ariely & Sonja Perkovic
Discussants: Annamaria Kubovcikova & Polymeros Chrysochou 

Workplaces are places where people spend most of their daily lives, interact with others, do things together, and engage in social relationships that vary in depth and quality with their coworkers, supervisors, and others. As 30% of employees fail to report misconducts, there are reasons to believe that the whistleblowing decision is likely to depend on how close or distant the would-be whistleblower is to the wrongdoer. The two papers of this presentation investigate the whistleblower-wrongdoer relationship. 

The first paper is a meta-analytic review that aims to understand how closeness to the wrongdoer, whether interpersonally or with respect to organizational hierarchy, influences individuals’ decision to blow the whistle. In order to understand the direction and magnitude of the effect of closeness on whistleblowing, we focus on two different dimensions of closeness that could drive this decision in opposite directions: psychological closeness and hierarchical closeness. 

The second paper focuses on the dark side of groups. Applying Gestalt principles, the present article investigates the role of perceived group cohesion in reporting misconducts. Overall, the results reveal that people are hesitant to report a deviant ingroup member when they belong to a group that is perceived to be highly cohesive than when the group is perceived to be less cohesive.

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