African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4156

Full Length Research Paper

The effect of privatisation on political and managerial accountability

Patience Obeng Ahwireng
  • Patience Obeng Ahwireng
  • University of Professional Studies, P.O Box 8356 C7 Tema, Accra, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 22 August 2014
  •  Accepted: 18 February 2015
  •  Published: 28 February 2015


The study seeks to assess the effect of privatisation on political and managerial accountability, considering the cases of Intercity State Transport Company and GAFCO. A sample data were collected from both managerial staff and some junior employees through interviews and questionnaire. Paired sample test was used to analyse the data of the questionnaire and content analysis for the interviews. The results indicated that privatisation decreases political accountability and increases managerial accountability. It was recommended that privatisation transaction should encourage a wide share ownership; widely disposed ownership makes the companies less vulnerable to cash traps. Also shareholders should invest in companies introducing training programmes for staff to improve their skills. The shareholders should be interested in the efficiency, effectiveness and maximum performance of the companies.


Key words: Accountability, privatization, effects.