The Relationship between McClelland’s Theory of Needs, Feeling Individually Accountable, and Informal Accountability for Others

International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 21-42

22 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2012

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M. Todd Royle

Valdosta State University

Angela T. Hall

Florida State University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This research examines the relationship between the dimensions of McClelland’s Theory of needs (i.e., needs for power, achievement, and affiliation), felt accountability, and informal accountability for others (IAFO). This study’s aim is to enhance organizational research by demonstrating the mediating effects of informal accountability, on the needs and IAFO relationship. The research tests hypotheses using data collected from 187 working adults. Findings indicate that felt accountability partially mediates the relationship between achievement and affiliation needs and IAFO. The paper concludes with a discussion of managerial implications, the study’s relevant strengths, limitations and directions for future research.

Keywords: Theory of needs, felt accountability, informal accountability for others

JEL Classification: M12, M14

Suggested Citation

Royle, M. Todd and Hall, Angela T., The Relationship between McClelland’s Theory of Needs, Feeling Individually Accountable, and Informal Accountability for Others (2012). International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 21-42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1957209

M. Todd Royle (Contact Author)

Valdosta State University ( email )

1500 N Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698
United States

Angela T. Hall

Florida State University ( email )

Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States

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