Management by Exception: Authority Without Accountability

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Management by Exception: Authority Without Accountability
Dr. Luis De La Cruz, Professor, United States

Delegating authority without accountability leads to authoritarianism.
Accountability is to be able to answer for a performance to the source that delegated the vested authority. Accountability is a metric that embodies values, ethics, trust, and results for effective governance.
Authority and accountability fuel agilities to anticipate, decide, and execute within contexts.
Authority without accountability is undemocratic and inefficient. Excepting accountability is not a feature of MBE.

Don't Abdictae your Accountability..
Ahmad Sultan Abdulla, Consultant, Malaysia
Theoretically mbe advocates empowerment to your team members.
However, in reality as a manager you should also keep your eyes on other variables and associated risks. I would narrow down mbe to the amount of time a manager spends on guiding and coaching his followers rather then taking his eyes off the entire process of management.
Remember, a manager's wisdom is required in every aspect of management, including raising potential associated risks and managing politics.
Mbe should not be equated with abdicating your accountability to those who you think are already good at their tasks.

Leadership Theory
robin umiom, Entrepreneur, Nigeria
MBE in management is presumably delegation of responsibility by leader in public administration which is necessary not only to train the subordinate but also to enable the leader engage in other more challenging tasks of the organization as in policy formulation and organization.
But the leader is the one accountable to the board in management and to the public in public administration.
In public administration as in administrative law, the principle of delegation is extensively discussed not only of its various advantages in training the subordinate, relieving the leader of some administrative weights, expediting actions within the organization, among others but particularly because of the accountability aspects.
For reason of accountability to a higher body he who delegates will certainly supervise but not to intermingle/interfere with the delegated responsibility.

Accountability Perspectives in Management Approaches
Dr. Luis De La Cruz, Professor, United States
Objectives are defined as value-based ends towards which organizational and individual activities are directed. Regardless of the type of management approach whether MBO or MBE, performance will still be measured by the outcomes of objectives framed by multiple accountability.
Hence, a mutual agreement should precede joint objective settings before following a format of an MBO joint approach.
Authority and accountability are conveyed under an MBO process to increase success potential.
MBE not to be confused with management by example. Management by exception conveys authority to subordinates until outcome deviations become exceptions to be reacted to, as an after the fact management approach to the issue of control.
MBE increases the risk and cost of after-the-fact corrections in the absence of accountable contingency plans and rigid monitoring.
Savings from delegation and reduction of management workload challenge the appropriateness of MBE versus MBO as an after the fact approach in high stake industries.


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