Punishment, reward and protection: establishing effective whistleblowing policies

Alzamil, Tariq (2016) Punishment, reward and protection: establishing effective whistleblowing policies. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Whistleblowing policies and laws have developed and changed in the past years to protect and reward whistleblowers in some countries and organizations. Studies have shown that whistleblowing is one of the best ways to uncover fraud and corruption worldwide. With this in mind, this dissertation will explore the main whistleblowing laws in the United States—that is, the foremost laws in history and contemporary times. In addition, an overview will investigate the whistleblowing laws in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This will be supported by a literature review on the different whistleblowing definitions in these different areas: media reporting, business studies research, and criminological studies. This literature review will lead into a critical review of a Saudi Arabian company’s policy and procedures in regard to whistleblowing, to establish the effectiveness of the company’s policies and procedures on punishing, protecting, and rewarding. The review will include an overview on the whistleblowing reporting channel, case studies of whistleblowing retaliation, and professional opinions on different aspects of whistleblowing from the company’s investigators.
    This study found that the company’s whistleblowing policies and procedures effectively protect whistleblowers, due in part to the management’s good intentions and the well developed reporting channel, even before establishing the whistleblowing protection policy. However, the company lacks a reward system, which most professionals (in the interviews) believe would increase the amount of whistleblowing. To introduce a reward system and to improve the protection system, the company needs to establish a clear definition of a whistleblower.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 12:50
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 12:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/24441

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