Accession Number:

ADA159320

Title:

The Passage of Time: A Neglected Factor in the Goal Setting-to-Performance-to-Feedback Sequence.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

MICHIGAN STATE UNIV EAST LANSING DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

Research in both the laboratory and field settings has clearly demonstrated that performance goals affect performance. Yet, for the most part, performance has been measured for a relatively short time period following the introduction of goals. This document addresses goal-related performance from a long term perspective. Behavior is viewed from the perspective of a continuous flow or stream of events where goals presented at any one time are compared to the stream of events that preceeded them. Performance at any time, ti, after the presentation of a goal is seen as a function of performance, feedback and other conditions that have occurred before ti. Current developments in motivational theory and control theory are first presented and related to goal directed performance. This is followed by an evaluation of recent goal setting research from a time perspective. Keywords Control theory Motivation Behavior and Industrial psychology.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE