‘Dr Wiedner is an assistant professor at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. His published work focuses on organizational change in healthcare, collaboration and innovation. He teaches ‘critical issues in management’ and ‘current issues in leadership’ and co-organizes a seminar series known as the ‘Socrates Club’ with Professor Haridimous Tsoukas, in which links between philosophy, management and organization studies are discussed.
His Comments were: Whistleblowing is an essential mechanism through which organizations are held to account. Unfortunately, in many organizations whistleblowing is not actively encouraged and at times strongly resisted, even when formal policies to support it exist. Out of court settlements often prevent grievances from reaching the public, leaving those who are confronted with injustices feeling woefully unprepared when dealing with situations in which they feel obliged to raise serious issues in the workplace. In this book, Dr Hafeez Ahmed provides a detailed and honest account of his own experiences leading up to, and following, his expression of concerns at a university teaching hospital. He describes his journey while reflecting on institutionalized resistance to whistleblowing in the dentistry profession and on the methods that he adopted to cope with stress and anxiety. In particular, Dr Ahmed’s account focuses on the power of words and philosophy (in a general sense) to help find meaning in situations that a whistle blower may perceive as meaningless. In this sense, it directly connects with Ludwig Wittgenstein’s assertion that philosophy is a form of linguistic therapy.’
Dr Rene Wiedner
Associate Professor, Warwick Business School, Warwick University