The Theology of Accountability and Biblical, Historical and Political Implications for Social Justice

By Donald Keith Gates and Peter Steane.

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The formulation and impact of policies are examined and theological aspects of accountability are analysed insofar as they affect individuals and organizations. The social justice implications are examined through Biblical, historical and political lenses. The acceptance of responsibility by individual church members, leaders, managers and politicians, as well as by organizations, on issues of social justice is implied.

Keywords: Accountabilty, Altruism, Estrangement, Responsibility, Social Justice, Theology

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.43-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 591.839KB).

Dr. Donald Keith Gates

Doctoral Scholar, Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Donald Gates is a retired Salvation Army Officer with a total service of forty-six years. During thirty-seven plus years of active service he was engaged in appointments in a number of fields including education, management, pastoral, ministry, chaplaincy and social service. This included nine years in Papua New Guinea. Apart from studies that include ministry, theology and education, he possesses the following academic awards, B.Ec.(UNE), B.Soc.Sc.(UNE), M.Ed.Admin.(NSW), M.Litt. with High Distinction, (UNE). Donald is currently a Doctoral Scholar at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management under the supervision of Professor Peter Steane (co-author of the paper), currently of the University of Western Sydney. As part of his doctoral research he undertook a qualitative and a quantitative survey of Salvation Army leaders in ten countries during 2007 and has presented papers at International Conferences in Madrid (Sociology) in 1990 and in Helsingborg, Sweden (Quality Management) in 2007.

Dr. Peter Steane

Acting Head of Department, Graduate School of Management, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

Peter Steane is Professor of Management at the University of Western Sydney and Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Australia. Dr. Steane’s research covers: Strategic thinking and Leadership, Cultural Ideologies in Management, Board Governance and Business-Government Partnerships. This research has resulted in over 70 academic and professional publications. Peter possesses degrees in the areas of philosophy, theology and anthropology. He has a doctoral degree in ethical business strategy. Dr. Steane has 15 years of ordained ministerial experience in parishes, missions, education and counseling. Professor Steane consults/presents to a range of companies in the Asia Pacific on: strategy, leadership and ethics. These include: The Garner Group, Asia Development Bank, Woolworths, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, Unisys, Wesley Mission Australia, Sun Microsystems, as well as various regional governments. He initiated programs for directors in indigenous communities as well as other programs related to fraud prevention, strategic thinking, and cross cultural performance. Selected Publications: Donald K. Gates: Gates [1] Gates [2] Co-Authored Gates and Steane [3] Professor Peter Steane Steane [4] Steane [5] Co-Authored Steane, Ma Jin Hua, Teo [6] Dufour & Steane [7] 1. Gates, Donald K., “An Examination of Determinants of Church Attendance and Participation in The Salvation Army and Comparisons with Other Churches and Times, a dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master Letters in the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, in Sociology.” Armidale: University of New England, 1988. 2. Gates, Donald K., Altruism in the Context of Economic Ideologies and Systems of Healthcare and Welfare Delivery: A Mutli-Disciplinary Examination., 2006. 3. Gates, Donald K. and Peter Steane, “Historical Origins and Development of Economic Rationalism.” Journal of Management History 13:4 (2007): 330-358. 4. Steane, Peter, “Governance, Convergent Expectations, Divergent Practices.” Corporate Governance 3:1 (2001): 15-19. 5. Steane, P., Oils Ain’t Oils! Strategy Across Sectors. International Journal of Public Sector Management 1997. Vol. 10, No. 6: p. 461-470. 6. Steane, Peter, Ma Jin Hua, and Stephen T.T. Teo, “Effective Leadership as a Human Resource Capacity in Joint Venture Management.” Asian Journal of Human Resources 41:2 (2003): 215-230. 7. Dufour, Yvon. and Peter Steane, “Implementing Knowledge Management: A More Robust Model.” Journal of Knowledge Management 11:6 (2007): 68-80.


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