An exploratory assessment of the purposes of performance appraisals in North and Central America and the Pacific Rim

John Milliman, Stephen Nason, Cherrie Zhu, Helen De Cieri

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While performance appraisals are considered important management tools in many countries, their purposes and practices vary significantly between countries. Unfortunately, there is little empirical data on the specific practices of appraisals across countries. The focus of this study is to empirically examine the current purposes of peiformance appraisals in ten different countries and regions in Asia, North America, and Latin America. The purposes of appraisals studied here include documentation, development, administrative (pay and promotions), and subordinate expression. This paper also examines how the respondents believe the purposes of appraisals should ideally be practiced. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Human Resource Management
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Cross-Cultural Management to Managing a Diverse Workforce
EditorsKate Hutchings, Helen De Cieri
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781351926812
ISBN (Print)9780754626541
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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