Evolution and Change
Chapter 7: External environment factors influencing the appraisal process
Research on the relationship between environmental variables and performance appraisal is a relatively new departure and therefore we are still learning about the mechanisms by which the environment affects performance appraisal. These effects, at least in part, are not direct and, consequently, there are interfering and intervening variables that mediate between the environment and the behavior of raters and rated employees (Murphy and Cleveland, 1995). In this chapter we examine some of these variables.
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