Contextualizing performance appraisal practices in Chinese public sector organizations: the importance of context and areas for future study

Meng Wang, Cherrie Jiuhua Zhu, Susan Mayson, Weizhen Chen

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Public sector organizations (PSOs) continue to undergo pressures for change due to economic globalization and the changing role of the state, resulting in increased focus on performance management, particularly employee performance appraisal. New public management’s emphasis on transparency, accountability, efficiency and performance highlights the multiple and often conflicting roles and performance outcomes of PSOs, the social and economic contexts in which PSOs operate, and the multiple ways they measure and manage performance. Responding to this special issue and calls for a richer understanding of performance management in PSOs we examine the impact of context on performance appraisal in Chinese PSOs. As China continues its transitions to a market-driven economy, Chinese PSOs have engaged in managerial reforms to improve governance, efficiency and productivity, including the strategic implementation of western-based HRM practices to manage employee performance. Our analysis demonstrates the challenges context poses for analysing HRM practices in Chinese PSOs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)902-919
Number of pages18
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Performance management
  • performance appraisal
  • social context
  • public-sector organizations
  • strategic human resource management
  • China

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