Participation In Goal-Setting Programs: An Attributional Analysis

Chacko, Thomas I.; Stone, Thomas H.; Brief, Arthur P.
July 1979
Academy of Management Review;Jul1979, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p433
Academic Journal
This article offers a conceptual framework to examine the multiple dimensions of goal-oriented management programs such as management by objectives through the use of attribution theory. In organizational literature, participation has most often been used to describe group decision making where the members of a group share in the problem solving and decision making process. Attribution theory, which is concerned with how people perceive the behavior or outcomes of others or of themselves, may be a useful tool to explain the processes and outcomes of goal programs and provides insights into the goal-setting process. The author examines how this theory relates to the superior-subordinate relationship.


Related Articles

  • Goal Characteristics and Personality Factors in a Management-by-Objectives Program. Carroll, Stephen J. Jr.; Tosi, Henry L. // Administrative Science Quarterly;Sep70, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p295 

    This study correlated different characteristics of goals established in a management-by-objectives program to criteria hypothesized to represent success of the program. The correlations were calculated after personality and job factors were held constant. The results indicate that establishing...

  • Setting Goals In Management By Objectives. Tosi, Henry L.; Rizzo, John R.; Carroll, Stephen J. // California Management Review;Summer70, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p70 

    The article discusses Management by Objectives (MBO), a management system which is used in complex organizations, is based on statements of purpose that direct the activities of organizations, organizational units, or individuals, and emphasizes change and future goals. Phases in implementing...

  • Setting the Overall Goal.  // Setting the Overall Goal;1/1/1997, p1 

    Video Length: 11 minutes. The first step in the performance planning process is to establish an overall goal for the job. This video will teach a simple, practical formula for writing a job goal that is both meaningful and motivating. Viewers will learn about the three steps in planning...

  • Dyadic Goal Setting Within Organizations: Role-Making And Motivational Considerations. Quick, James C. // Academy of Management Review;Jul1979, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p369 

    This article identifies two extensions of the task performance model developed by Locke (36) for examining goal-setting activities in organizations. The first identifies and develops the role-making function of goal-setting activities, introducing the concepts of superior-subordinate consensus...

  • Improving Management by Objectives: A Diagnostic Change Program. Tosi, Henry; Carroll Jr., Stephen J. // California Management Review;Fall73, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p57 

    One hundred fifty managers from all functional areas and levels of a large company were surveyed about their perceptions of goal characteristics, the review process, supervisory relationships and reactions to Management by Objectives. Generally, the data indicate changed perceptions of how MBO...

  • TASTE OF VICTORY. White, Russell J. // Credit Union Management;Dec2006, Vol. 29 Issue 12, p54 

    The author discusses the important points on the psychology of winning in relation to the credit union employees. He asserts that a positive thinking is the key to a win-win situation especially in the workplace. He suggests that the manager needs to project an optimistic atmosphere on a certain...

  • Effects of Social Context on Consensus and Majority Vote Decision Making. Tjosvold, Dean; Field, Richard H.G. // Academy of Management Journal;Sep83, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p500 

    A laboratory study of group decision making found that social context (competitive or cooperative) and decision strategy (consensus or majority voting) affected decision acceptance, understanding, decision time, and affective reactions to the group, although decision quality was not affected.

  • The Science and Values of Administration--I. de Grazia, Alfred // Administrative Science Quarterly;Dec60, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p362 

    In the first of two parts the author, asserting that all action is purposive, calls group-performed habitual actions "administration." The task of administrative science is to generalize about all administrative situations. How the science selects and abstracts data and chooses and phrases...

  • A New Way to Manage--Integrated Planning and Control. Tomb, John O. // California Management Review;Fall1962, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p57 

    The article focuses on integrated planning and control (IPC) methods and how to integrate it into business operations. It states that IPC requires managers to identify activities for which they have specific responsibility, select activities among the manager's responsibilities that can achieve...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics