Organizational Goals, Outcomes, and the Assessment of Performance: Reconceptualizing Success in Management Studies

Ruth V. Aguilera, Alfredo De Massis, Riccardo Fini, Silvio Vismara

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Abstract

We revisit the study of organizational goals, outcomes, and assessment of performance that together define the process leading to ‘success’. We begin by conducting a systematic review of existing research which allows us to develop an integrative framework discussing this large body of work. We then describe contemporary research examples in light of our proposed framework. We close by proposing four new areas to continue to advance the field: reconceptualizing performance (and success) as achievement of goals; diversity of goal systems in research designs, and their relationship with the purpose of an organization; multilevel and temporal dynamics; and governance of goal setting. Overall, our efforts inform future research on organizational success in the context of our new societal challenges and accomplish the intriguing task of re-defining success in management studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024

Keywords

  • goal setting
  • goals
  • objectives
  • outcomes
  • performance
  • purpose
  • success

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