Accountability and Responsibility in Organizations: the Ethics of Discretion

Raymond W. Cox III


The article presents a comprehensive approach to the administrative discretion. The objective of the paper has been to outline a perspective and patterns of behaviour, which are helpful defining "discretion in action". Theoretical discussion on the issue has been extended towards practical implications. Author stresses, that establishing a decision-making architecture, leaders of the organization can create learning and supportive environment, which encourages appropriate and limited use of discretion.


accountability; responsibility; discretion; ethics; corruption; decision making

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