Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Responsibility vs Accountability

Words mean things and it is important that Enterprise Architects help folks from getting things twisted...

The difference between responsibility and accountability is not always clear. In general, responsibility is a broader term, defining obligations and expected behavior. The term implies a proactive stance on the part of the responsible party and a causal relationship between the responsible party and a given outcome. The term accountability generally refers to the ability to hold people responsible for their actions. Therefore, people could be responsible for their actions but not held accountable. For example, an anonymous user on a system is responsible for not compromising security but cannot be held accountable if a compromise occurs since the action cannot be traced to an individual...

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