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Evaluation of a U.S. Forest Service Management by Objectives Training Session

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The effectiveness of using a management by objectives (MBO) training program to improve U.S. Forest Service administrative functioning is assessed by evaluating such a training session on a California ranger district. Employees on this and a control ranger district were surveyed before and 3 months and 10 months after the MBO session on the test district. The MBO training program's effectiveness was appraised by employees' responses to questionnaire instruments commonly used in business administration professions that measure: job involvement, intrinsic motivation, trust, satisfaction, role conflict, and role ambiguity. Significant differences were noted in the test district, showing a decline in trust over the 0-3 month and 0-10 month time intervals and reduced job satisfaction over the 0-10 month interval. Overall, the MBO training program did not achieve its intended goals of increased employee trust, job satisfaction, and reduced role ambiguity in the 10 month evaluation period. Forest Sci. 29:241-249.
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Keywords: Personnel training; organizational change; professional development; public administration

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322

Publication date: 1983-06-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.782 (Rank 17/64 in forestry)

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

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