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  • To hold someone or something accountable for one's deeds or misdeeds. Blame does not necessarily imply the truth but is the tendency to censure and lay responsibility on someone for a wrongful action. Blame can take the form of outright condemnation and frequently involves lying. Blame can also be applied to groups and is often seen in organizations and bureau cracies when managers do not take full responsibility for their decisions and actions. Gerald Weinberg, a noted systems theorist, believed that the flow of blame in any organization was a clear indicator of the health of the organization. Weinberg further stated that a sign of a dysfunctional organization was blame flowing down ward from management to staff. For more information, see Weinberg (1975).


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