Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

David J. Marx

Committee Members

Roger C. Bailey, Otto Zinser


While some researchers have suggested that participative goal setting increases performance, acceptance, commitment, and satisfaction, others have suggested that it does not. Additionally, much research on goal setting has been done in the US while none has been done in Macedonia.

The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between participation in goal setting and company size on these variables and to determine if there are differences in the effects of participation in goal setting in the US and Macedonia. The independent variables were country, company size, and type of participation and dependent variables were performance, commitment, acceptance, and satisfaction. Participants also completed Hofstede’s (1994) VSM and demographic questions.

Workers from the US scored significantly higher on all dependent variables. There were no significant differences in participation verses assigned goal setting on the four dependent variables. Multiple regressions revealed that some VSM questions predicted the four dependent variables.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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