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Performance targets

dgdclynx
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Posts: 187
Registered: 05-04-2007

Performance targets

I suppose I should tell somebody that a beautiful and brilliant friend of mine Patricia Day, as co-author with her professor Rudolf Klein, published a book Accountabilities in 1987 from Tavistock which introduced the idea of performance targets into the UK. Whether it was her own idea or whether she imported it from the States I am unsure. We all know what has happened since 1987 in this area. Was it for the good or for the bad? Perhaps it was the politicians who cocked it up when they got hold of it. I dont know.
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dgdclynx
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Posts: 187
Registered: 05-04-2007

Re: Performance targets

Silly me. I should have said 'in the public sector'. The book, which I have, discusses the NHS, police, water authority, education, social services  in particular. I dont propose to re-read it. But my understanding is that it became a Bible in Whitehall.
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geewizz
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Posts: 1,125
Registered: 01-08-2007

Re: Performance targets

I think we have had performance targets since the first people settled down and harvested crops, probably in Africa.
Imagine history without performance targets.

Alexander the Great would have been Alexander the Mediocre.
The Roman Empire would have sent troops to "just have a go."
The Industrial Revolution would have been a bit of a damp squib too.