The dynamics of employee dissent: whistleblowers and organizational jiu-jitsuFaculty of Arts - Papers (Archive)
AbstractWhistleblowing is a form of organizational dissent that is rarely successful, instead usually leading to disaster for the whistleblower. Organizational theorists seldom have addressed the question of how to improve whistleblowers' strategies. A useful general perspective for doing this is to conceive of bureaucracies as authoritarian political systems. The concept of political jiu-jitsu, from the theory of nonviolent action, is adapted to organizational contexts and used to assess a range of tactics used by organizational elites against dissidents. The resulting implications for whistleblower strategies are assessed by comparison with standard recommendations offered by experienced whistleblower advisers.
Citation InformationBrian Martin and W. Rifkin. "The dynamics of employee dissent: whistleblowers and organizational jiu-jitsu" (2004)
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