Organizational and Moral Portraits of Responsibility

Journal of Human Values 28 (3):221-233 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX


This article aims to argue in favour of two different kinds of responsibility: moral and organizational. I present the notion of moral responsibility and, specifically, moral accountability, which stands at the centre of the later discussion. I address Coleen Macnamara’s view of accountability, a model of enforcement involved in setting demands and sanctions. Then I account for some cases of morally impaired persons’ failure to respond adequately to moral demands, in contrast to their capacity to respond effectively to organizational demands. I take the latter findings to show that there are two distinct kinds of accountability, moral and organizational. While moral accountability is connected to the arousal of emotions, I claim that organizational accountability is related to inner-organizational reactive procedures associated with employment benefits or sanctions. However, this can be distant from emotions.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,168

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Collective moral responsibility.David T. Risser - 2009 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Two Forms of Responsibility – Organizational and Societal.Robert Albin - 2018 - Philosophy of Management 17 (2):187-201.
Responsibility as Answerability.Angela M. Smith - 2015 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 58 (2):99-126.
The Price of Frankfurt’s Compatibalism.Bindu Madhok - 2002 - Journal of Philosophical Research 27:577-584.
Individual Responsibility within Organizational Contexts.Robert F. Card - 2005 - Journal of Business Ethics 62 (4):397-405.
The symbolic dimension of responsibility in organizational communication.Iulia Grad - 2017 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 16 (48):112-124.
Organizational Moral Values.Elizabeth D. Scott - 2002 - Business Ethics Quarterly 12 (1):33-55.


Added to PP

13 (#1,040,014)

6 months
9 (#314,693)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Robert Albin
Sapir College

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations