Shefali Patil, Ferdinand Vieider, Philip Tetlock, "Process and outcome accountability". In Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, edited by Mark Bovens, Robert E. Goodin, Thomas Schillemans, (2012). Abstract
Private- and public-sector employers face a recurring organizational-design dilemma: the relative emphasis to place on process-versus-outcome accountability in evaluating employee performance. This chapter reviews experimental-psychological research that emphasizes the benefits of process accountability and then notes blind spots in that literature, especially the insensitivity to the relational signals that accountability manipulations convey about how evaluators view the evaluated. The chapter also examines real-world ideologically-driven debates over accountability design in which partisans tend to favor no-excuses forms of outcome accountability for those deemed untrustworthy and uncertainty-buffering forms of process accountability for the trustworthy. Finally, an integrative framework is proposed that examines how managers can balance the inevitable tradeoffs between decision-making control enhanced under process accountability and innovation fostered under outcome accountability and sheds light on how agent empowerment can compensate for the deficiencies of both systems.
Shefali Patil, Ferdinand Vieider, Philip Tetlock, "Process and outcome accountability". In Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, edited by Mark Bovens, Robert E. Goodin, Thomas Schillemans, (2012).
Nancy Rothbard, Shefali Patil, "Being there: Work engagement and positive organizational scholarship". In Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, edited by K. Cameron, G. Spreitzer, (2010).