Adam Waytz is a psychologist and a professor of Management & Organizations at The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study processes related to ethics, intergroup processes, and the psychological consequences of technology. In this conversation, he shares a detailed look at why people choose to stand up to bad behavior (and why they don’t).

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(2:36) – How did you come to study whistleblowing in the first place?
(4:36) –  How do you define ‘whistleblowing’?
(5:57) –  Why don’t people report bad behavior?
(9:26) – How much backlash to whistleblowers face?
(16:09) – With all the risks, why would anyone whistleblow?
(17:31) –  How do we prime people to speak up more often and how do we create organizations that respond better to these situations?
(34:24) – Is there anything people can do to improve their odds of success if they want to speak up?
(43:12) – How do leaders and organizations get better at protecting whistleblowers?
(45:42) – Is there anything we haven’t talked about that’s important when it comes to whistleblowing?
(46:40) –  Have you looked at the percentage of false whistleblowing vs. honest whistleblowing?
(50:45) – What are you sick of talking about?
(51:16) – What do you think people need to be talking more about when it comes to whistleblowing?
(54:19) – How can people find out more about what you do?