One of the four functional prerequisites in Talcott Parsons's theory of action systems. Along with adaptation, integration, latency it forms the so-called AGIL scheme. Goal attainment is the process through which human and other resources are mobilized for the attainment of collective goals and purposes. In a social system, the goal attainment functions are met through political activities and mobilization occurs through the generation and exercise of power. See also functionalism.