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


  • Busch, Tor


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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  • Busch, Tor, 1998. "Attitudes towards management by objectives: An empirical investigation of self-efficacy and goal commitment," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 289-299, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:scaman:v:14:y:1998:i:3:p:289-299

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    1. Alessandro Rossi & Massimo Warglien, 1999. "The Effectiveness of Alternative Programs of Management by Objectives on Firm Performance: An Experimental Study. (Draft Paper)," ROCK Working Papers 004, Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy, revised 12 Jun 2008.
    2. Gómez Miñambres, Joaquín, 2011. "Make it challenging : motivation through goal setting," UC3M Working papers. Economics we1123, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.
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