Credo, Ergo Dubito (robertflink) Thu 15 Jun 06 20:54
Makes sense. Any speculation as to why people want to escape accountability? Perhaps it is, in part, a realization that the gap between perception and reality is sufficient in many situations so as to make politics and attendant spin more "real" than reality.
Jeff Angus (jeff-angus) Tue 20 Jun 06 08:46
Credo said: ¿Any speculation as to why people want to escape accountability? ++++ Sure...almost a universal gravitational field. W/o accountability you can pretty much do what you feel like -- if it works out, one can take credit, and if it doesn't one can point the finger at someone else. Angus' First Law of Organisational Dynamics says "All human systems tend to be self-amlifying", and org with accountbaility sluffers will tend to attract mroe such types and the behavior will be become more pronounced over time. I suspect you know The Tragedy of the Commons (If not, link below) http://www.garretthardinsociety.org/articles/art_tragedy_of_the_commons.html Most organizations operate as Commons. And as Hardin says "Conscience Is Self-Eliminating", and synonyms to "Conscience" are "Accountability" or "Integrity". Krazy-gluing accountability is the fix. If you haven't read Hardin's system view before, or haven't thought about it as an analogue for organization behavior, I think it's worth playing with. If you do, please share your thoughts.
Cupido, Ergo Denego (robertflink) Wed 21 Jun 06 05:46
Great First Law. Must be something about them there humans. Thanks for steering me to Hardin's work. I notice some reference to Max Weber including his essay "Politics as a vocation" which is on line. Per my reading, Weber would have liked MBB. I'll read more Hardin and comment.
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