Disadvantages of Management by Objectives?

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Disadvantages of Management by Objectives?
I'm trying to build a complete list of all disadvantages of Management by Objectives:
1. May lead to suboptimalization: people or departments are not stimulated to look beyond their own objectives and help eachother.
2. Innovation is not stimulated.
3. The time and paperwork involved.
4. Potential misuse by superiors who simply assign (rather than negotiate) objectives.
5. Subordinates may try to negotiate easy goals.
6. Watch out for unrealistic (too high) expectations about what can be reasonably accomplished.
7. Inflexible, rigid.

MBO Disadvantages
Here's a couple of weaknesses in the MBO assumption base that I use:
1. It emphasizes the setting of goals over the working of a plan.
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Disadvantages of MBO
Abha Nagpal, Student (MBA), India, Member
1. Although it focuses an employee's attention on goals, it does not specify the behaviors required to reach them. This may be a problem for so...Sign up

Two Main Reasons of Problems with MBO
Jagdish B Acharya, Consultant, India, Premium Member
MBO is a good idea and has many uses in management. However it fails to result in organizational success as per its promise for two main reasons.
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MBO Problems
Kershaw, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
Having managed with objectives in several companies I would say they are clearly not for everyone. In most cases the benefit does not justify the time...Sign up


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