• Carole Katz

Voicing concerns about unethical behaviour



Almost on a daily basis, the media alerts us to situations which highlight the unethical practices taking place in organisations.

For example, money-laundering and bribery in the banking sector. Most often in such cases, the police are involved in subsequent investigations, and they are regarded as those who should behave ethically. However, police forces too have been highlighted by the media as guilty of unethical practices, yet it is important that police officers find ways to uphold ethical standards within their organisation.

Sarah Brooks talked to us about the findings from 4 MSc dissertations exploring the factors that influence voice of concerns about unethical behaviour in one UK police force. When discussing implications, she explored the challenges of carrying out research with police officers, who also happen to be highly skilled at interviewing and answering questions!

We thoroughly enjoyed the engaging discussion - thank you Sarah!


Sarah Brooks’ Bio Sarah Brooks is a lecturer in organisational behaviour with interests in voice and silence and upward communication in organisations. I have 15 years of experience as an operations manager and a management consultant, and have worked in a number of high profile public and private sector organisations across the UK, with a brief experience of manufacturing in Australia. I gained a PhD looking at upward challenge in the police force from the University of Sheffield in 2017. My current research interests focus on the voice of concerns about unethical behaviour. My current teaching interests involve the use of reflection and reflexivity for learning, and a strong focus on how we could teach critical analysis to students at all levels.


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