The Relationship between McClelland’s Theory of Needs, Feeling Individually Accountable, and Informal Accountability for Others
International Journal of Management and Marketing Research, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 21-42
22 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2012
Date Written: 2012
This research examines the relationship between the dimensions of McClelland’s Theory of needs (i.e., needs for power, achievement, and affiliation), felt accountability, and informal accountability for others (IAFO). This study’s aim is to enhance organizational research by demonstrating the mediating effects of informal accountability, on the needs and IAFO relationship. The research tests hypotheses using data collected from 187 working adults. Findings indicate that felt accountability partially mediates the relationship between achievement and affiliation needs and IAFO. The paper concludes with a discussion of managerial implications, the study’s relevant strengths, limitations and directions for future research.
Keywords: Theory of needs, felt accountability, informal accountability for others
JEL Classification: M12, M14
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