Accession Number : AD0778014
Title : The Role of Task Goal Attributes in Employee Performance.
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,
Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV IRVINE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ADMINISTRATION
Personal Author(s) : Steers,Richard M. ; Porter,Lyman W.
Report Date : APR 1974
Pagination or Media Count : 60
Abstract : While many studies have demonstrated the relatively successful performance implications of formalized goal-setting programs in organizations, these findings typically do not identify the specific factors behind such techniques which are largely responsible for their success. The six 'task goal attributes' are: goal specificity; participation in goal-setting; feedback; peer competition; goal difficulty; and goal acceptance. While goal specificity and goal acceptance were found to be most consistently related to performance, several intervening variables on performance. The findings are discussed within a motivational framework and it is argued, based on the data, that performance under goal-setting conditions is a function of at least three important variables: the nature of the task goals, additional situational-environmental factors, and individual differences. (Modified author abstract)
Descriptors : *Job satisfaction, *Performance(Human), Feedback, Job analysis, Industrial psychology, Organization theory
Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE