Divided Loyalties

Divided Loyalties: Whistle-Blowing at BART (Paperback)

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Divided Loyalties
Purdue University Press
Public Policy
5.20" x 8.50"

Book Description

This study provides a detailed, in-depth analysis of a single incident rooted in the effort of a group of professional employees to serve the public welfare It reveals in microcosm the interplay of political forces, economic interests, personal ambition, organizational structure, and professional ethics that culminated in an act of whistle-blowing. The incident took place during the final construction phase of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), designed to be America's first attempt at space-age mass transportation. Three BART engineers, convinced of the lack of responsiveness of management to their concerns about the system's safety, were fired for insubordination and other organizational sins. Based upon repeated interviews with the engineers, with BART managers and directors, and with the professional societies involved, as well as upon an extensive body of documents and court depositions, legislative reports, media reports, and institutional memoranda. Divided Loyalties sets a theoretical context for the issues, traces the incident from its beginning, examines the aftermath of the engineers' dismissal, and concludes with a set of recommendations that should be considered by public and private organizations, professional associations, agencies of government, and individual professional employees.

About the Author(s):

Robert M. Anderson Professor of Economics and of Mathematics University of California, Berkeley

Robert Perrucci received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University in 1962 and joined the faculty in 1962. Dr. Perrucci served as department head from 1978-87. He was research director for three years of the NSF sponsored study of the engineering profession conducted by the American Society for Engineering Education, and was Simon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in England. He has received over $2 million in external support from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the American Sociological Association. He is the author/editor of 15 books and over 70 articles and chapters on topics related to work and occupations, complex organizations, and the impact of the global economy on workers, communities, and structures of inequality. He has five articles published in the American Sociological Review and others in Social Forces, Administrative Science Quarterly, Social Problems, Sociology of Education, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Psychiatry. He has served as editor of Social Problems, The American Sociologist, and associate editor of the American Sociological Review. He is currently co-editor with JoAnn Miller of Contemporary Sociology (2000-2005). He has held elected positions as President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the North Central Sociological Association, and Chair of the Organizations and Occupations section of the American Sociological Association. Two of his books have received the Scholarly Achievement Award of the North Central Sociological Association, and he has received Distinguished Alumnus Awards from the State University of New York, and Purdue University. In 2005 he received the Lee Founders Career Achievement Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Dan E. Schendel, professor of management and dean of the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration (GISMA)