Responsibility vs accountability LO2793

Jean-Marie Bonthous (
Wed, 13 Sep 1995 15:06:42 -0700

There is much talk about shared accountability being a sign of true teams.

Can someone shed clarity on the disctinion between accountability and
responsibility? Are they one and the same? or do they do they have
different connotations and denotations?.

Dictionaries such as the American Heritage Dictionary are vague on this
disctinction. In addition, I was born in France, where only the word
responsibility exists (and it is the same in Spain, Italy, etc...).


Jean-Marie Bonthous