Objective

Short Description

Objectives drive parties as they make their goals explicit, the primary one of which is also referred to as the mission of that party. A party's objectives are part of its knowledge. When made available to agents of that party, these agents can do the work that is needed to reach these goals (realize the party's objectives).

Purpose

The ability to distinguish between (non)objectives is relevant as objectives are the drivers behind the reasoning and decisions that parties make, the policies and working instructions that they specify so that its agents know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Moreover, objectives are 1-1 associated with risks (i.e. the level of uncertainty that the party experiences regarding whether a specific objective is going to be appropriately realized). Finally, objectives must be known in order to obtain (personal) data according to the GDPR.

Criterion

A text representing something toward which a party directs its efforts: an aim, goal, or end of action.

Examples

  • generically: anything that, according to a party c.q. its way of thinking, is important to be realized, qualifies as an Objective (and identifies its owner as that party).
  • most people have the objective 'stay alive'.
  • the equivalent in organizations is 'continuation of its existence' (many operate 'business-continuity processes' to realize this, and to identify and mitigate any associated risks).