Adventure and multiple organisational accountabilities in a Danish Slave Trading Company in the early 18th century Gold Coast

Gloria Agyemang, Mads Jensen, Mads Jensen, Cheryl Lehman

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This paper investigates the nature of organisational accountability in a Danish Slave Trading Company in the 18th Century. The paper analyses the multiple accountabilities associated with slave trading commercial activities. Organisational accountability to the King of Denmark existed within an elaborate governance structure that attempted to integrate the desire for reporting to the Danish population by the Danish Governor, the needs of Danish commercial shareholders as well as reporting to local African trading partners. A case study of the struggles of one Danish Governor is provided. The paper argues that organisational accountabilities are compromised in the intense situation of ambition, adventure and power struggles that typify the slave trade during the period. Organisational accountability is a part of a story of relationship developments, intrigue, profits, and legal applications.

The paper draws on archival material including, government documents, and personal letters of Danish Governors working in the Gold Coast.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 5 Jul 2017

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