Accession Number : AD0778014

Title :   The Role of Task Goal Attributes in Employee Performance.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,


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