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goal-setting theory


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Is based on the idea that the behaviour of employees can be altered by influencing their goals and targets. It comprises four general principles designed to elicit high performance and increase motivation: (1) goals should be challenging but attainable; (2) goals should be specific rather than vague; (3) employees should be involved in the process of setting their own goals; and (4) goals should be measurable in terms clearly understood by employees: quantity, quality, time, and cost. [See management by objectives and SMART.]

(1) goals should be challenging but attainable; (2) goals should be specific rather than vague; (3) employees should be involved in the process of setting their own goals; and (4) goals should be measurable in terms clearly understood by employees: quantity, quality, time, and cost.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.


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