Management By Objectives (MBO)

Performance of a given department or division is measured quantitatively by a few metrics/objectives. Managers are encouraged to manage to a target and success and failure is determined by whether they hit that objective 1. The overall theory is that by improving the key metrics, the progress and success is assured.

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