Date of Award

1991

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dirk D. Steiner

Abstract

Supervisor inputs (preparation, appraisal-related knowledge, and attitudes toward the appraisal system) into the performance appraisal interview were examined, using a questionnaire, for relationships to subordinate perceptions of the supervisor's appraisal interview actions (developmental and administrative). Subordinate reaction to the appraisal interview was also assessed. Eighty-nine subordinate/supervisor pairs were randomly assigned to one of three experimental preparation conditions (Example, Improve, Control). All subjects then completed the questionnaires. The results of the experimental component indicated that supervisors who generated specific performance weakness and strength examples (Improve condition) were perceived by subordinates as engaging in significantly greater developmental behaviors than in the Control condition. Correlational results indicate that supervisor preparation and attitude toward the appraisal system have the greatest potential relationship to supervisor actions during the appraisal interview. Several limitations and suggestions for future research and practical applications are discussed.

Pages

109

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