The motivational benefits of goal-setting

Latham, Gary P.
November 2004
Academy of Management Executive;Nov2004, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p126
Academic Journal
The article discusses the benefits of goal-setting in organizations. The author argues that goal setting increases employee motivation and organizational commitment. The article explains several elements of individual goal-setting, including conditions for effectiveness, goal setting in complex jobs, self-management, and downsides and risks. The author emphasizes that goal-setting is most effective in organizations that are ethical and supportive, and are not punitive when individuals fail to reach their intended goals.


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