Research Seminar Series: Prof Verlin B Hinsz

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Speaker: Prof Verlin B. Hinsz, North Dakota State University
Title: Goal Setting and Life
Date: Thu, 23rd Mar 2023 
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Venue: Building 24, Copland, Seminar Room 1106

Assoc Prof Guihyun Park and Assoc Prof Nick Wang are the hosts of this visit.


Try as we might, we often seem to fall short or get derailed in our attempts to achieve our goals. We are not alone in having this problem. Much of management involves setting goals for ourselves and helping others to set and achieve goals for the organization. How can this goal setting be accomplished more effectively? This presentation will be grounded in the research literature on goal setting. From this research, we can distill important requirements and characteristics of the goal, the task performer, and the situation that facilitate or hinder the effectiveness of goal setting. Important for management considerations, the degree of involvement of the task performer in the procedures by which the goals are established should also be considered for any goal setting program. Based on this conceptualization, it will be possible to see the benefits and limitations that goal setting can have for our own and others’ task performance as well as quality of life.  



Verlin B. Hinsz, PhD, is a professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo having served over 39 years in various professor and administrative roles. His research and teaching efforts broadly cover work, organizational, and social psychology. He has published over 100 articles and chapters, and has been involved in over 200 national and international research presentations. The primary focus of his research is on the thought processes and social influences that impact the judgments and decisions of groups and individuals which ultimately affect their task performance. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, among others. Dr. Hinsz also consults with federal research agencies. Dr. Hinsz is a Fellow of ten professional organizations, serves on a National Research Council review panel, and has received awards from NDSU for his research efforts and mentoring activities.  

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Building 24, Copland, Seminar Room 1106