Author: Chan, Po-yin Vivian
Title: The willingness of nurses in setting challenging goals : the influence of organizational factors as moderated by professionalism
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Hospital Authority (Hong Kong, China) -- Personnel Management
Nurses -- China -- Hong Kong
Achievement motivation -- China -- Hong Kong
Goal setting in personnel management -- China -- Hong Kong
Management by objectives -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Department of Management
Pages: vi, 59, [36] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: Staff development review (SDR) was implemented in Hospital Authority (HA) in 1994 to replace the former performance appraisal carried from the age of the Medical & Health Department. The SDR aim to manage staff performance, and to develop staff. It is a tool consisting of management by objectives with some rating checklist. It is believed that this form of appraisal can help to achieve long term goal and evaluate staff performance in short term period. Goal setting is the first step in performance appraisal. However, objectives set are not always congruent with the goal of department, hospital, or the HA. Some health care professionals are reluctant to do the annual objective setting and regard it as something additional to their basic duties. As a result, the joint effort to achieve more for service and quality improvement is not accomplished. This paper seeks to identify critical elements affecting staffs' willingness to set challenging goals. Important variables were identified through literature search and focus group discussion. Theoretical framework was hypothesized and an empirical survey was conducted in the nursing profession. Results show that leadership act, perceived fairness, and reward and recognition will all affect staffs' willingness in setting challenging goals. However, some of those results may be moderated, as the staff possesses internal motivator Results suggest that rethinking concerning leadership will certainly be required for nursing management. More explorations on total leadership task are also needed.
Rights: All rights reserved
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