Senior Executive Accountability
You have likely read about or observed instances in which senior executives, managers, and in some cases even employees have cost organizations millions of dollars due to their behaviors. • Select an organization that has been in the news in a negative way, such as Enron, in which a lack of values resulted in a failure to perform to expectations, or describe a situation in an organization with which you are personally familiar. (Please note: If you describe a situation that occurred in an organization with which you are personally familiar, but the information is not published or is not a matter of public record, please use a fictitious name for the organization and do not include identifying details regarding the organization or any individuals.) • Assess the methods of executive and managerial selection in the organization you chose. • Discuss your recommendations for types of instruments and methods that could be used to make it more likely the next CEO and senior managers would possess the values and abilities necessary to lead the organization both productively and ethically. The Levinson article, "Organizational Character" (1997), provides a starting point, because it is a seminal article that gives important historical context. You can reference the Levinson article in your response, but you will also need to cite recent literature that extends the perspective he presents to support your recommendations. RESOURCES Complete Cascio and Aguinis text, Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management: • Chapter 13, "Selection Methods: Part II," pages 291–314. This reading focuses on leadership selection. • Chapter 14, "Decision Making for Selection," pages 315–342. • Cascio, W. F., & Aguinis, H. (2011). Applied psychology in human resource management (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. • Fisher, G. G., Truxillo, D. M., Finkelstein, L. M., & Wallace, L. E. (2017). Age discrimination: Potential for adverse impact and differential prediction related to age. Human Resource Management Review, 27(2), 316–327. • Levinson, H. (1997). Organizational character. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 49(4), 246–255. • MacLean, D., Macintosh, R., & Seidi, D. (2015). Rethinking dynamic capabilities from a creative action perspective. Strategic Organization, 13(4), 340–352. • McKinley, W., Latham, S., & Braun, M. (2014). Organizational decline and innovation: Turnarounds and downward spirals. Academy of Management Review, 39(1), 88–110. • Hollenbeck, G. P. (2009). Executive selection—what's right … and what's wrong. Industrial & Organizational Psychology, 2(2), 130–143. • McDermott, A. M., Conway, E., Rousseau, D. M., & Flood, P. C. (2013). Promoting effective psychological contracts through leadership: The missing link between HR strategy and performance. Human Resource Management, 52(2), 289–310.