Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Major

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Richard T. Stone

Abstract

For years, goals have been a focus of improving human performance, but with a variety of goals and performance metrics, determining sources of change and their effects on performance can be difficult to understand for application. Currently, goals are applied to nearly every task accomplished in industry or personal health, and this study attempts to pinpoint sources of improved performance measures based on goal definition and availability of feedback. Once dissected and identified this study will show what measures of performance can be optimized by an authority figure by manipulating goal definition and availability of feedback. This study approached the problem by giving a well-defined goal and a poorly defined goal to each participant, then compare groups whom were allowed to have progressive feedback vs those whom received no feedback. In summation, it was found that both goal definition and progress feedback had effects on performance, motivation and perceived exertion respectively.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-5325

Copyright Owner

Colten Wayne Fales

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

31 pages

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