The Effect of Goal Structure on Job Performance: The Mediating Role of Goal Orientation and Work Engagement


Research on work engagement has widely studied and almost exclusively focused on a dependent variable. Based on work engagement model (Bakker & Demerouti, 2008), The objective of this study was to examine the pathways from goal structure to job performance through goal orientation and work engagement as mediation variables. The job performance model was tested by 320 supporting staffs in the public university. Data analyzed by using structural equation model. The results indicate that goal structure and goal orientation have positive relation with job performance. Additionally, the goal structure has an indirect effect on job performance through goal orientation and work engagement. The overall goodness-of-fit statistical analysis depict that causal model of job performance in university staffs is the best fit to the empirical data. Effort to increase the goal structure and to increase the goal orientation could influence engagement and job performance. Availability of the goal orientation and work engagement may increase job performance. The information about direct, indirect and total effects of all variables in the tested model, suggestions and implications for increasing job performance in university staffs are discussed.

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Warrunee Thongdee, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Sittipong Wattananonsakul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: ACP2016
Stream: Industrial Organization and Organization Theory

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