Performance Management by Culture in the NLRB’s Division of Judges and the German Labor Courts of Appeal
AbstractProfessional judges receive a fixed salary and are largely exempt from disciplinary sanctions. How can performance still be secured? Judges share a culture consisting of work-related norms and values, derive status from their standing within the professional community, and are susceptible to peer review. Hence, performance can be managed by maintaining and directing culture. This is illustrated in a case study on the administrative law judges at the U.S. National Labor Relations Board and the judges at the German labor courts of appeal. In both judiciaries, administrative tasks such as personnel selection are delegated to peers, candidates with known norms and values are recruited, and a quantitative benchmarking appeals to judges’ norms and values. In sum, performance management relies in each case on professional culture although the two communities of judges belong to differing national cultures and are governed by differing administrative rules.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) in its series IAAEG Discussion Papers until 2011 with number 200205.
Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: May 2002
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performance management; organizational culture; labor judiciaries;
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- J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets
- M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
- K49 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Other
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