Argues that accountability organizations through a lens (in terms of source, focus, salience and intensity) helps illuminate issues of governance and ethical dilemmas that most people at work. Suggests that separates between aspects of accountability, individuals can put pressure on unethical behavior and try to rationalize their behavior and suggests that accountability is not only an organizational requirement, but also a perceptual lens that can be used to and to observe and can … Read more »

Argues that accountability organizations through a lens (in terms of source, focus, salience and intensity) helps illuminate issues of governance and ethical dilemmas that most people at work. Suggests that separates between aspects of accountability, individuals can put pressure on unethical behavior and try to rationalize their behavior and suggests that accountability is not only an organizational requirement, but also a perceptual lens that can be used to to observe and understand behavior can be in and out of organizations. Demonstrates how better sense of functional and dysfunctional behavior in organizations, accountability by making lens. An important part of this is the notion of accountability objective environmental accountability: those aspects of the individual immediate work environment that directly affect the subjective interpretation and experience of felt accountability. The idea that individuals perceive and interpret their responsibilities subjectively is crucial to understand why several people may behave differently (and sometimes unethical) under the same conditions of accountability.
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Angela T. Hall,
Michael G. Bowen,
Gerald R. Ferris,
M. Todd Royle,
Dale E. Fitzgibbons
Source: Business Horizons
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Publication Date: Sep 15, 2007. Prod #: BH248-PDF-ENG
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