Manage By Objectives (MBO)


Management by objectives (MBO) is a process of defining objectives within an organization so that management and employees agree to the objectives and understand what they need to do in the organization in order to achieve them. The essence of MBO is participative goal setting, choosing course of actions and decision making. Ideally, when employees themselves have been involved with the goal setting and choosing the course of action to be followed by them, they are more likely to fulfill their responsibilities.


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6 thoughts on “Manage By Objectives (MBO)

  1. Rajiv says:

    And yet, MBO can leave many things unaddressed

  2. I could not have explained it any better! MBO is my favorite because I don’t want to micro manage, I want employees to feel empowered, and my using your technique of “what big objectives are you working on?” And “what small things are you wrapping up?” Those questions can help me refocus the employees and gives them an opportunity to bring up issues they may be having with a client or project. And since in my industry we are always working on 20 projects at a time, it helps keeps things moving forward!

  3. Kelvin Choi says:

    MBO is the ultimate goal of delegation management style.

    However the requirement is the employee must reached a certain level of experience and skill themselves.

    It may not work for new employees.

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