JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
Team Management by Objectives: Enhancing Developing
Author(s): H. Kevin Fulk, Reginald L. Bell, Nancy Bodie
Citation: H. Kevin Fulk, Reginald L. Bell, Nancy Bodie, (2011) "Team Management by Objectives: Enhancing Developing Teams’ Performance," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 12, Iss. 3, pp.17 - 26
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
The objective of this investigation was to determine if Drucker’s management by objectives (or MBO)
could be merged with Tuckman and Jensen’s stages of group development. We achieved our objective by
examining relevant literature and found that these theories are somewhat dated, but deserve further
examination. When combined, they resolve many pitfalls of managing teams for improved performance.
MBO meshes well with the team development stages to provide novel insights about managing developing
teams. The resulting perspective is called team management by objectives (or TMBO). We discuss the
limitations and implications of this work, and suggest possibilities for future research.