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Accountability Theory Meets Accountability Practice

Accountability Theory Meets Accountability Practice.


Dr Harald Bergsteiner, Australian Catholic University, Australia


Recent failures in the corporate sector are to a large extent a failure of accountability. Unfortunately, accountability tends to be characterised by atomistic research; confusing language; models of limited scope; poor conceptualisation of key constructs; context insensitivity; and, a lack of methodological integration. This book not only integrates but substantially adds to the extant accountability literature, providing a holistic view of accountability, showcasing a newly-generated Holistic Accountability Model (HAM).

This book clarifies the purposes of accountability; identifies what triggers accountability exchanges; generates a set of well-defined responsibility and accountability constructs; and, via a grounded graphic model, links these constructs to the accountability process and to the influences that impact on this process. Several working models are proposed to help practitioners achieve a better understanding of the extent and nature of their accountability obligations, develop and implement more effective accountability policies and practices, and make better accountability decisions.


This book makes ground-breaking contributions to the subject of accountability and is the only work that comprehensively integrates both theory and practice.

  • Part 1 proposes an integrated meta-theory of accountability, providing a compelling theoretical framework that assists practitioners in understanding how accountability works (or doesn't).
  • Part 2 offers a number of new tools to allow practitioners to apply that theory and make more effective accountability decisions.
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    "This book is the first comprehensive integration of accountability research in controlled experimental settings and in best-practice conceptions of accountability in the business-school and consulting worlds. Dr Bergsteiner has moved us a long way toward an evidence-based approach to accountability. A first rate piece of work."

    Professor Philip Tetlock, Professor of Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

     "Dr Bergsteiner provides a genuinely comprehensive approach to accountability that both scholars and practitioners will find useful. The theoretical analysis of accountability is unique in scope and depth, and a superior resource for those interested in this field of knowledge. The integrating framework gives a basis for establishing best-practice in organisations. At a time when we have witnessed a distinct lack of accountability and ethics in business and political organisations, this work is both timely and refreshing in providing a way forward."

    Professor Peter Steane, Associate Dean International, Faculty of Business, Australian Catholic University, Australia

    Book Information

    ISBN Print: 9781780520544
    Publication Date: 01 February 2012
    Format print: Hardback
    Imprint: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    Page count: 560
    Dimensions: 174 x 246
    Primary BIC code: KJG
    Primary BISAC code: BUS008000
    LCC code: HF5387-5387.5
    Audience: Professional & Vocational

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    About the Author

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    Dr Harry Bergsteiner was originally trained as an architect and urban planner, and worked for federal, state and local government; private industry; and in his own consultancies in that capacity (Bergsteiner, McInnes & Rigby Pty Ltd; H. Bergsteiner & Associates Pty Ltd). From1998 to 2010 he was an active researcher at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, first through his doctorate in management, later as Adjunct Professor. He now specializes in researching and modelling leadership phenomena as a Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. He is also a lecturer in Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program, a Director of Avery Bergsteiner Consulting Pty Ltd, and a Founding-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership (ISL). He is co-author of Sustainable Leadership: Honeybee and Locust Approaches, Routledge (2011), and of Diagnosing Leadership in Global Organisations: Theories, Tools & Cases, Tilde University Press (2011), as well as numerous professional journal articles.


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