The Application of Goal Setting: Some Boundary Conditions and Future Research

Austin, James T.; Bobko, Philip
August 1984
Academy of Management Proceedings (00650668);1984, p197
Conference Proceeding
The application of goal setting research to existing organizations is analyzed by examining potential boundary conditions to current knowledge. Three dimensions are considered in detail: (a) the distinction between quantity and quality performance measures; (b) conflicts inherent in goal setting processes; and (c) individual versus group levels of analysis. The resultant boundary conditions suggest limits to our applications, other possible boundary dimensions, and directions for future research.


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