Whistleblowing and Whistleblowers: A Psychostructural Perspective

Date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Time: 12pm to 1pm

Venue: Eolas Meeting Room 1, First floor, Eolas Building, Maynooth University 


Since scholarly research began on whistleblowing and whistle-blowers in the early 1970s, the amount of published peer-reviewed in the field has grown steadily. Most of the research tends to follow ‘classic’ definitions of whistleblowing which understand it as containing four main elements: (1) whistle-blowers; (2) the act of whistleblowing; (3) the recipient of the whistleblowing act, and; (4) the organisation who is complained about. Most of this work (which continues to rely on quantitative or experimental studies) continues to present whistle-blowers as heroines, heroes or villains.

This seminar will discuss how a more nuanced, and encompassing definition of whistleblowing can be developed by analysing whistleblowing cases from a psychostructural perspective. In doing so it will expand how we might understand whistle-blowers and whistleblowing. It will also suggest new research avenues which were previously considered ‘settled’ or un-researchable in organisational studies of whistleblowing.


Are Schwartz & Carroll’s 5 Business & Society Frameworks Still Dominant?

In 2008, Business & Society published Schwartz and Carroll’s description of five central frameworks that had come to dominate the field of Business & Society. Although frequently cited, there has been no empirical analysis or verification of these frameworks or inter-relationships between them. I’ve just completed a paper (which you can download here) which aims to address this by providing bibliometric data on peer-reviewed research outputs conducted on these frameworks since this article first appeared. ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ and ‘Stakeholder Management Theory’ are clearly the most researched frameworks, and ‘Sustainability’ has demonstrated significant growth over the ten years since the article was first published. ‘Business Ethics’ and (to a greater extent) ‘Corporate Citizenship’ appear to have grown less as research fields, but there may be some evidence of areas of ‘cross-over’ between fields. The limitations of this research are discussed alongside avenues and opportunities for developing deeper understanding of these business & society frameworks.

Animals & Organisations – An Ethic of Care Framework

Despite recent developments in the field of human–animal studies and a surge of growth in scholarship in this area, organisational theory has been accused of facilitating the “virtual exclusion” of the non-human animal. This article (now available in online first format), written with Lucy Connolly attempts to address this through its investigation of the non-human in the business and management literature within an ethic of care framework. It does this through a bibliometric review of the articles available in the Social Sciences Citation Index. The focus of investigation is the nature of the human–animal relationship within the articles. It is hoped that this framework will assist scholars in attempts to increase the visibility of animals within our organisations and enhance their moral consideration, as well as facilitate the review of other literatures relating to the marginalised within our organisations.

Summer Internships & Graduate Opportunities in Deloitte.

The deadline for applying for a Summer internship is this Friday at 5pm.  Michael Delaney is a recent Maynooth Business & Accounting Graduate who participated in the Summer Internship Programme and went on to train in the Graduate Programme for Consulting with Deloitte.  I spoke with Michael recently about the Summer Internship programme and other opportunities for Maynooth business students and graduates in Deloitte.

You can watch this video (7 minutes and 30 seconds) by clicking here.

Some additional information is below.

The Deloitte 2017 Summer Internship Programme is now open!

The Deloitte Summer Internship is now open for applications. Every year we welcome over 100 undergraduates to the internship programme, which will run from June to August 2017.

All positions are now available for applications on www.deloitte.ie/students.

We accept applications from all disciplines and diverse backgrounds including science, engineering and arts.

An internship at Deloitte is a fantastic way to get up close to the world of business. As well as vital work experience, every intern will get a good idea of whether we are the firm for them.

Further information on how to apply can be found on the Deloitte student page. Some helpful links are below:

The A-Z of Our Application Process

The 4P’s of interviewing

Business Placement Information Evening tomorrow!

Maynooth University School of Business first year & second year students!

Want to get some full-time work experience before you graduate?

Keen to apply the knowledge from your classroom in a real business environment?

An Information evening for our Business Placement programme will take place at 6:30pm on October 26th, 2016 in CB8 (Callan Building, North Campus).

All first and second year single honours students are welcome.

My interview with Siobhain Scanlon – Musgrave Graduate Programme Officer

At a recent site visit at the Musgrave Distribution Centre in Kilcock, I learned that Musgrave is the largest private sector employer in Ireland.  Not only that, but they also have a fascinating graduate programme which considers applications from graduates of all disciplines, and many of these graduates remain with the organisation in management roles.

The deadline for applying for the programme is October 27th 2016, and I recently had the privilege to interview the Graduate Programme Officer, Siobhain Scanlon about the initiative.  The interview is now available on the Musgrave Graduate Programme YouTube site, so for some insight on how to prepare to apply, click here.