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The Determinants of Performance Appraisal Systems: A Note (Do Brown and Heywood's Results for Australia Hold Up for Britain?)

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  • John T. Addison
  • Clive R. Belfield

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This article offers a replication for Britain of Brown and Heywood's analysis of the determinants of performance appraisal in Australia. Although there are some important limiting differences between our two datasets - the Australia Workplace Industrial Relations Survey (AWIRS) and the Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS) - we reach one central point of agreement and one intriguing shared insight. First, performance appraisal is negatively associated with tenure: where employers cannot rely on the carrot of deferred pay or the stick of dismissal to motivate workers, they will tend to rely more on monitoring, "ceteris paribus". Second, employer monitoring and performance pay may be complementary. However, consonant with the disparate results from the wider literature, there is more modest agreement on the contribution of specific human resource management practices, and still less on the role of job control. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2008.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 46 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 521-531

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Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:46:y:2008:i:3:p:521-531

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  1. David Marsden & Richard Belfield, 2009. "Institutions and the management of human resources: incentive pay systems in France and Great Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 25423, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. David Marsden, 2011. "Individual Voice in Employment Relationships: A Comparison Under Different Forms of Workplace Representation," CEP Discussion Papers dp1070, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  3. Matthias Lang, 2014. "Communicating Subjective Evaluations," CESifo Working Paper Series 4830, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Alberto Bayo-Moriones & Jose Enrique Galdon-Sanchez & Sara Martinez-de-Morentin, 2012. "Performance Appraisal: Dimensions and Determinants," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 1207, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  5. Alberto Bayo-Moriones & Jose Enrique Galdon-Sanchez & Sara Martinez-de-Morentin, 2012. "The Diffusion of Pay for Performance Across Occupations," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 1210, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  6. Jirjahn, Uwe & Heywood, John S., 2013. "Variable Pay, Industrial Relations and Foreign Ownership: Evidence from Germany," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79829, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  7. Marc-Arthur Diaye & Nathalie Greenan, 2012. "The Economics of Performance Appraisals," Working Papers halshs-00856229, HAL.
  8. David Marsden, 2010. "Individual Voice in Employment Relationships: A Comparison Under Different Collective Voice Regimes," CEP Discussion Papers dp1006, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  9. Marc-Arthur Diaye & Nathalie Greenan, 2012. "The Economics of Performance Appraisals," TEPP Working Paper 2012-15, TEPP.
  10. Alejandro Arrieta & Ariadna García-Prado, 2012. "Cost Sharing and Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 1211, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  11. Richard Belfield & David Marsden, 2009. "Institutions and the Management of Human Resources: Incentive Pay Systems in France and Great Britain," CEP Discussion Papers dp0941, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  12. Uwe Jirjahn & Erik Poutsma, 2011. "The Use of Performance Appraisal Systems: Evidence from Dutch Establishment Data," Research Papers in Economics 2011-02, University of Trier, Department of Economics.

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