The relationship between Leadership and Accountability: A review and synthesis of the research

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Author list: Martins A, Melo PN, Pereira M
Publication year: 2020
Journal: Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (1098-8394)
Volume number: 23
Issue number: 6
ISSN: 1098-8394
eISSN: 1528-2651
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Accountability is an essential element in all societies and to the organizations that inhabit this world. Corporate scandals have been linked to failures in accountability and business leaders are now, more than ever, challenged to be accountable. Leadership can also be understood as a response to transparency and accountability issues that are an important concern in the area of public administration. In substance, leadership and accountability are both attributional phenomena. We conducted a bibliometric review using an integrative synthesis of published peer- reviewed literature on leadership and accountability. Our search in the Web of Science databases identified 37 articles on this topic in several research areas. We used a literature review with bibliometric methods of citation analysis, co-citation analysis, co-author analysis, and co-word analysis. We concluded that despite evidence linking the adoption of a relationship between leadership and accountability, adoption is very low, particularly in the field of business and economics, and therefore, evidence on this topic is sparse. This study intends to contribute to a more complete reflection and understanding of literature review, impact and relevance of accountability in organizational leadership.


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