Management by objectives: the supervisor's role in MBO in China

Mo, Huan, and Berrell, Mike (2004) Management by objectives: the supervisor's role in MBO in China. In: Proceedings of ASBBS 7th International Conference, pp. 749-759. From: ASBBS 7th International Conference, 6 - 7 August 2004, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Management by Objectives (MBO) is now a recognized management tool. Studies on MBO have focused on many aspects of the process, including such fundamental components as goal setting, participation, and feedback (Rodgers & Hunter, 1991). However, the success of MBO also depends on effective implementation strategies (Stein, 1975). This paper examines the concept of MBO in a cross-cultural setting, using a post mortem study of goal setting and implementation among two groups of Chinese undergraduate management students in Guangzhou. In addition, cursory reference is accorded to a small study of goal setting by Chinese business school academics in Guangzhou. Attention is paid to the implementation strategies used by these different groups in the pursuit of their goals because goal setting alone cannot guide either Chinese management students or academics in MBO in the light of the influence of the high-context Chinese culture. In China, the role of the supervisor (one's immediate manager or line supervisor) must be factored into the MBO process because the strength of this social capital can affect an individual's perseverance and goal setting behaviour. In these circumstances, the supervisor's role is a determining factor in the success of MBO in Chinese settings.

Item ID: 14742
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: China; MBO
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ISBN: 978-0-646-43717-0
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 00:48
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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