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How not to increase management accountability. The problem of management rent-seeking behaviours

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Keywords: management, managers, management accountability, rent seeking behaviour, pay and reward, senior management remuneration

The common issue in many organisations is how to enhance senior managers’ accountability. This means that senior managers answer to and are held responsible by the organisation’s owners for their individual behaviour and performance and, as a corollary, the performance of the organisation.

Senior managers in any organisation are in a position to impact organisational performance in one of three basic ways.

As a direct result of these three possibilities, organisations and organisational owners usually seek to extend and enhance accountability systems and structures in order to, as far as possible, ensure or develop managers that are force multipliers.

A new (2019) study by a team of researchers has looked mathematically and statistically at the use of both yardstick and internal assessments for gaining an accurate picture of senior management performance and the impact that it has on rent-seeking behaviours.

This research briefing is essential reading for any manager, leader, anyone in organisational development, or anyone involved in management development.

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