The Influence of National Culture on Whistle-Blowing: A Cross-Cultural Investigation



With the change of history, national culture gradually becomes the moral common theme for the group, which is subtly stored in the national ethical system. Although it is not a major virtue in contemporary society to judge right and wrong, but national cultural trace will be found in every thought occurred. Collectivism and individualism respected national culture is not simply ideological distinction, and its complex perceptual system sufficient to cover the whole report making process of potential whistleblowers. This paper makes Korea, Japan, as a respected national culture of collectivism representative, and the United States, the United Kingdom as a respected representative of the national culture of individualism, and then focuses on analyzing different types of national culture, which brought ethical conflicts to potential whistleblowers.


National culture; Cross-cultural investigation; Potential whistleblower; Collectivism; Individualism

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