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Attitudes towards management by objectives: An empirical investigation of self-efficacy and goal commitment

  • Busch, Tor
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    The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between attitudes towards Management by objectives (MBO) and the concepts of self-efficacy and goal commitment, and the relationship between knowledge about the MBO programme and these two concepts. Participation was used as a control variable. The results revealed that self-efficacy in improving productivity and commitment to productivity goals are both positively correlated to attitudes towards MBO. There is no significant correlation between participation and attitudes towards MBO. Furthermore, participation and self-efficacy in working with formal management systems are positively correlated to knowledge about the MBO plan. The study establishes self-efficacy and goal commitment as significant constructs inexplaining attitudes towards MBO in the public administration.

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    Volume (Year): 14 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 289-299

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