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Accountability in an iTaukei corporation: The case for a Fiji provincial company

Rotuivaqali, Masilina B. and White, Michael M. (2012) Accountability in an iTaukei corporation: The case for a Fiji provincial company. [Conference Proceedings]

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Purpose - The purpose of this study is to obtain insights into the systems of accountability within provincial companies in Fiji, utilising the theoretical construct „accountability web‟ (Gelfand et al., 2004). Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the notion of accountability webs (Gelfand et al., 2004) by case studying a Fiji provincial company. An in-depth case study was undertaken on the Lau province. The Lau provincial company is studied, in order to analyse its accountability systems. Data was collected through content analysis of the annual reports and other information available in the public domain. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the company executives and other stakeholders of the company. Findings - The study provides insights into the systems of accountability practised by the Lau provincial company. Analysis of the entity studied revealed accountability has been influenced by the power distance in society, high levels of trust placed on those in authority coupled with low self-accountability, the culture of respect and silence, and the lack of attention to detail and planning. This has resulted in weak accountabilities being provided to the provincial population. Originality/value - No prior study of accountability in developing economies makes reference to Gelfand et al.’s (2004) work. It is possible that accountability configurations that Gelfand et al. discusses are not necessarily found in the accountability webs that can be constructed in such societies. The provincial companies of other provinces have all attempted to engage in their respective provinces at some time in their operations. This offers opportunities for future research, together with additional analysis on the cultural configuration of indigenous Fijian societies and their corresponding accountability system.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accountability, Accountability Web, Fiji, Lau province, Lau Provincial Company, Paper type, Case Study
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE)
Depositing User: Ms. Masilina Tuiloa Rotuivaqali
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 00:34
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2017 02:52

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