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Forbes: Playing blame games is not only unethical, it is also the wrong way out of the Covid-19 mess

Dr Thomas Roulet, University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory at Cambridge Judge Business School, discusses what makes blame games possible and why they backfire, taking the example of the efforts to shift responsibilities for the slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout. “By blurring the lines and making the attribution of responsibility more difficult, blame games also hamper accountability. Suppose social actors feel they can avoid being held responsible for mistakes and the related reputational penalties,” Thomas writes. “In that case, they have fewer incentives to do things right and strategically take the risk of becoming sloppier.”

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