Importance of goal setting in virtual project teams

Gerald L. Forester, Peg Thoms, Jeffrey K. Pinto

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This research investigated goal setting on engineering teams with geographically dispersed members. A survey was designed to measure the Quality of Goal Setting, Goal Commitment, Perceived Task Outcomes, and Perceived Psychosocial Outcomes, all constructs and scales used in previous research on project teams. 82 respondents from 12 virtual teams participated. Analysis suggested the quality of goal setting affected Perceived Task Outcome (t = 2.40, p<.05) but not Perceived Psychosocial Outcomes. Further regression analysis indicated goal commitment predicted significant variance in both Perceived Task Outcomes (t = 2.35, p<.05) and Perceived Psychosocial Outcomes (t = 4.3, p<.01). These results suggest that setting high quality goals and building commitment to goals significantly affect perceptions of outcomes on virtual project teams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-274
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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