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  • Top Lecture

    Emerging trends and challenges

    in managing whistleblowing

    by Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove

    Date :

    Thursday 26 June 2014.

    Venue :

    Antwerp Management School, Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-11, 2000 Antwerp (free underground parking).

    Timing :

    4-5 pm Emerging trends and challenges in managing whistleblowing, Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove*

    5-6 pm Networking drink.

    Fee :

    Free entrance for members of IFA, IIA and ACFE.

    Registration :

    Via email no later than 20 June 2014 to training@forensicaudit.be

    About the lecturer

    Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove is Senior Lecturer Organisational

    Behaviour and Programme Leader HRM & Business Psychology

    at the University of Greenwich, Faculty of Business, in London. He

    is an academic expert on whistleblowing, having researched and

    published on it for more than 10 years.

    He has provided expertise to various organisations, including

    Public Concern at Work, Transparency International, Council of

    Europe, Linklaters, and is a member of the advisory board of the

    National Whistleblowing Advice Centre in the Netherlands

    (Adviespunt Klokkenluiden).

    About the topic

    In the wake of the recent financial crisis we now more readily acknowledge the importance of

    whistleblowers in detecting wrongdoing. There is now a more positive attitude towards those who raise

    concerns about wrongdoing in the organisations they work in. This change in public sentiment is

    accompanied by the development of new regulatory frameworks and operational challenges, both at

    regulatory as well as organisational levels.

    mailto:training@forensicaudit.be

  • Wim will comment on some emerging trends and challenges with regard to managing whistleblowing

    policies at both these levels. He will illustrate with some concrete examples at the regulatory level (i.e.

    Transparency Internationals updated guidelines, the UK Whistleblowing Commission, the Council of

    Europe Recommendation on Protecting Whistleblowers, recent legal changes in Europe). In general,

    the push for regulators to take a more pro-active approach to whistleblowing will have implications for

    organisational whistleblowing regimes.

    Some of these implications are already visible, e.g. pattern identification rather than case-by-case

    treatment of concerns, reversing the trend of outsourcing hotlines to in-house, an increased anxiety

    not to miss the next red flag, and publicly reporting of internal whistleblowing activity. Wim will use

    examples of these implications as illustrations of 5 emerging challenges with regard to managing

    whistleblowing policies: indicator challenge, intervention challenge, triage-challenge, broker challenge,

    and performance challenge.

    About the venue

    The event takes place in the beautifully restored buildings of the Antwerp Management School, Sint-

    Jacobsmarkt 9-11, 2000 Antwerp. Antwerp Management School is the autonomous business school of

    the University of Antwerp, and was founded in 1959. For information on public transport, route and

    parking we refer to www.antwerpmanagementschool.be

    About the Institute of Forensic Auditors

    The Institute of Forensic Auditors (IFA) is the national professional federation of forensic auditors in

    Belgium. IFA is has been founded in 2001 as a not for profit association which is based on a public-

    private partnership. IFA holds a list of professionals in the public and private sector who are certified

    as "Registered Forensic Auditors". IFA develops best practices for forensic practitioners. IFA regularly

    organises conferences and trainings on forensic topics. IFA is an ideal forum for networking within the

    forensic community. For more information we refer to www.forensicaudit.be

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