Institutional isomorphism and whistle-blowing intentions in public sector institutions

Soma Pillay, P. S. Reddy, Damian Morgan

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Over the years the new institutionalism in public sector analysis has contributed significantly to our understanding of the dynamics of public sector institutions. While it has moved research away from behavioural explanations to recognizing political and cultural contexts, the focus on public sector institutions has been minimal. This research examines, by self-report questionnaire from employees in two government organizations, how institutional mechanisms shape whistle-blowing intentions within the context of a developing country. Despite the country context, findings from this study are encouraging in that participants’ intentions to blow the whistle were found, generally, to be strong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-442
Number of pages20
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • culture
  • ethics
  • Institutionalism
  • South Africa
  • whistle-blowing

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