A Study of Literature Review on Individual Accountability

27 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013

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Arti Trivedi

Shri Chimanbhai Patel Institute of Management & Research

Date Written: August 22, 2013


Individual accountability behavior plays a key role in enhancing organizational performance. Hence, study of Individual accountability has numerous practical justifications. To mention a few, focusing on individual accountability develops an important skill that will help organizational team members to identify the appropriate action to take, avoid blaming others, eliminate victim thinking, and stop procrastinating. The key theme of understanding individual accountability is to make employees self aware and take actions to improve situations. Organizational culture lacking accountability is made up of employees who waste valuable time and effort avoiding responsibility, uttering excuses, and “passing the buck.” A lack of individual accountability is a common cause of low employee morale which leads to reduced productivity, poor organizational performance, and increased employee turnover. Organizations that are not supportive enough to harness employees personal accountability, make top performing team members confused, frustrated and lead them to seek employment in organizations where accountability is a core cultural value. There is a direct relationship between personal accountability and organizational performance. Quite simply – employees with a high degree of personal accountability perform at a higher level than those who lack individual accountability. Organizational cultures that embrace and promote employee accountability outperform those that lack individual accountability.

Keywords: individual accountability, organizational culture, organizational performance, behavior

Suggested Citation

Trivedi, Arti, A Study of Literature Review on Individual Accountability (August 22, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2314551 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2314551

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