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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.


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 IHC wants Mr Bashir to continue as the accountability judge at a time when Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has promised the lawyers of Islamabad of rotation of judges of subordinate judiciary serving in the capital to other places though they had been appointed to serve within Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) only.
National Accountability Bureau Lahore Intelligence Wing was provided information of the suspect's presence in DHA.
A reference against the former finance minister was filed by the NAB in the accountability court in light of the Supreme Court's July 28 verdict in the Panama Papers case.
In his counter arguments, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Imran Shafique maintained that the accused had no such sickness that could prevent him from returning home.
After hearing the arguments, the bench granted stay order for a day against the judgment of accountability court and adjourned hearing till Wednesday.
It may be mentioned here that the new chairperson appointed for the National Accountability Bureau a federal organisation is the one whose name was suggested by PPP.
Four major factors tend to influence the so-called accountability process.
Third, we've seen that accountability mutually reinforces other policies and provides essential data to support education research and improvement.
Since the turn of the millennium, American policymakers have tended to understand accountability in education in narrow terms, the authors write.
Accountability in Missions is the edited compilation of presentations made at the Korean Global Mission Leadership Forum at the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) at New Haven, Connecticut, February 10-14, 2011.
It is generally believed that a democratic form of government rests on the foundation of accountability as government is held accountable to the people through ministerial responsibility.
For the past eight years its Global Accountability Project (GAP) has focused on generating awareness of and commitment to common principles of accountability among global actors from across sectors.

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