Goal Conflicts, Attainment of New Goals, and Well-Being Among Managers

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Abstract

Researchers widely understand that conflicts among goals inhibit the attainment of these goals. However, this notion comes close to tautological reasoning. To avert this problem, this study examined whether preexisting goal conflict also inhibits success in newly set goals. Using the context of management training, in which managers collectively set new goals, the study variables were assessed at 3 testing periods covering 5 months. Results indicate that goal conflicts that persevere over time were associated with inhibited attainment of new goals but not with decreased subjective well-being (SWB). Goal attainment, however, was positively related to SWB. Interactions of residual changes in goal conflict and goal attainment were associated with positive affect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-208
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes

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