On not blowing the whistle: quiescent silence as an emotion episode

Blenkinsopp, John and Edwards, Marissa S. (2008). On not blowing the whistle: quiescent silence as an emotion episode. In Wilfred J. Zerbe, Charmine E.J. Härtel and Neal M. Ashkanasy (Ed.), Emotions, ethics, and decision-making (pp. 181-206) Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1016/S1746-9791(08)04008-X

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Author Blenkinsopp, John
Edwards, Marissa S.
Title of chapter On not blowing the whistle: quiescent silence as an emotion episode
Title of book Emotions, ethics, and decision-making
Place of Publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1746-9791(08)04008-X
Open Access Status
Year available 2008
Series Research on Emotion in Organizations
ISBN 9781846639401
ISSN 1746-9791
Editor Wilfred J. Zerbe
Charmine E.J. Härtel
Neal M. Ashkanasy
Volume number 4
Chapter number 8
Start page 181
End page 206
Total pages 26
Total chapters 15
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subjects 1503 Business and Management
Abstract/Summary The growth of research into whistle-blowing has produced some compelling insights into this important organizational phenomenon, but a number of areas remain under-explored, particularly the role of emotion and our understanding of the far more common response to wrongdoing, namely inaction. In this chapter we seek to problematize current conceptualizations of whistle-blowing and wrongdoing, as a basis for examining employee silence in the face of wrongdoing. We suggest that quiescent silence can be viewed as an emotion episode, and draw upon the feedback theory and the sensemaking paradigm to develop this proposition, illustrated through an analysis of accounts of quiescent silence in a clinical setting. We propose a new concept of “cues for inaction” which offers insights into the way quiescent silence arises and persists.
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