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Emerging trends and challenges
in managing whistleblowing
by Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove
Thursday 26 June 2014.
Antwerp Management School, Sint-Jacobsmarkt 9-11, 2000 Antwerp (free underground parking).
4-5 pm Emerging trends and challenges in managing whistleblowing, Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove*
5-6 pm Networking drink.
Free entrance for members of IFA, IIA and ACFE.
Via email no later than 20 June 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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