Reference of SMART Goals

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Ana, UK

Reference of SMART Goals

Does anyone know the reference for SMART goals? I checked in Peter Drucker’s book: “The practice of management” and did not find it. Is really Peter Drucker who invented this acronym? Thank you,

  Ken, England


I think the SMART acronym is often misrepresented as Specific Measurable Achievable Realistice and Timebound. I think people have difficulty with the Achievable and Realistic elements. Try Specifc Measurable Alligned Relevant and Timebound. I think it is much better and I actually think this is the correct acronym. Why? Would a Vinci have designed a Helicopter with the usual acronym. Think Realistic!!!

  Markus, Germany

Who invented SMART

I really would like to know when the acronym smart was firstly used and who used it.

  Ijaz Ali
Student (University), United Kingdom

More on SMART Concept

Hi, I just wanted to know more on the SMART approach. Which would be the best way to find a whole book or magazine on smart for referencing, that can be used in essay and assignments.

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

First Use and Meaning of Smart Acronym

The first known use of the term occured in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran ("There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to write managem...


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