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Accountability

The responsibility of the person or organization responsible for a task to take credit for all positive outcomes and blame for all negative outcomes. Accountability is desirable in finance and economics because it promotes efficiency. See also: Transparency.

accountability

an employee's RESPONSIBILITY for the exercise of certain duties and the requirement to report to his superiors on his performance of them. In recent years, many managers have attempted to strengthen lines of accountability so as to achieve improvements in the job performance of their subordinates.

One approach to this has been th creation of PROFIT CENTRES. The profit performance of these subunits of the organization can be closely monitored by organizational leaders, thereby increasing the accountability of those working in the profit centres. In so far as creation of profit centres involves a measure of decentralization of decision-making, decentralization of responsibility and AUTHORITY can be coupled with increased accountability. See MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATION.

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The former magistrate and parish councillor was arrested in December on suspicion of abuse of trust to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity.
But this was a substantial abuse of trust carried out over a significant period of time.
Only if there is evidence a relationship may result in an abuse of trust or power would we take action.
The abuse of trust by Fr Rafferty will test their promise as they must decide his fate as a priest.
He added: "This was a most serious abuse of trust, that the man she had lain beside for 33 years suddenly got out of bed and did what he did.
Jane said: "This kind of abuse of trust damages a woman for life.
Christopher Drake, 28, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning on suspicion of having sex with a minor and an abuse of trust.
Scottish Office Children's Minister Sam Galbraith said the new offence of abuse of trust would be included in the Sexual Offences (Amend-ment) Bill.