In order to manage performance, supervisors and employees need to start by defining goals and objectives to negotiate and communicate expectations. Most authors agree with that premise. An example is Lee, Hu, Tinsley, and Niu (2006) who clearly discuss the link between setting objectives and the performance of employees.
Most consider the words “goal” and “objective” to be synonymous. The definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary use the word “objective” to define “goal” and the word “goal” to define “objective.”