Barnard's Regret: Zones of Accountability and the Limits of Authority
"Barnard's Regret: Zones of Accountability and the Limits of Authority," with Jonathan B. Justice. Public Integrity, Forthcoming
32 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2013
Date Written: January 23, 2013
Two decades after publishing Functions of the Executive, Chester Barnard argued that moral responsibility constitutes a more powerful principle than executive authority for guiding organizations. This article elaborates one direction in which Barnard might have developed this insight, positing ethical acceptance rather than self‐interested indifference as the basis for harmonizing individual choices and organizational needs. Executives can enhance performance by recognizing, understanding and (re)designing organizational spaces of accountability and discretion.
Keywords: accountability, moral responsibility, Chester Barnard, management theory, organizations, discretion, executive authority
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