eCite Digital Repository

Valuing Truth and Transparency: Organisational Moral Development and Patient Safety


Stevens, SC and Norris, K, Valuing Truth and Transparency: Organisational Moral Development and Patient Safety, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4, (4) pp. 37-47. ISSN 1833-1882 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.18848/1833-1882/cgp/v04i04/52895


Institutional culture barriers to staff reporting safety concerns are strong. Method: A qualitative analysis of people who went outside their organisations to effect change was conducted. The theoretical perspective of moral development is used to understand why they did this, risking professional and organisational exclusion. The concept of moral development has interdisciplinary roots in the social sciences but has rarely been applied as a theoretical approach to the study of organisations. Outcomes: The organisational responses to whistleblowing may be analysed using the moral development continuum. Conclusion: Understanding that there may be a moral development continuum for organisations is a new concept for health services but one which may prove to be a useful approach to improving safety. © Common Ground, Stella Christiana Stevens, Kimberley Norris, All Rights Reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stevens, SC (Dr Stella Stevens)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
ID Code:58677
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2009-10-20
Last Modified:2014-10-20

Repository Staff Only: item control page