Identifying acceptable performance appraisal criteria: An international perspective

Robert J. Taormina, Jennifer H. Gao

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The objective of this study was to identify valid performance appraisal (PA) criteria that are generally acceptable to employees and to determine whether organizational socialization is related to the acceptance of PA. Potential criteria were developed from both western and Chinese PA research and existing PA forms, and acceptance data were collected via questionnaires from 348 full-time working employees in China. Mean scores on the PA items indicated very high acceptance, with factor analysis of the data yielding three factors, namely, Work dedication, Work efficiency, and Team work. The factors were then examined in relation to the four organizational socialization dimensions of Training, Understanding, Co-worker support, and Future prospects, which were all significantly and positively correlated with acceptance of the three PA factors. Subsequent regression analyses revealed the socialization dimensions to be significant predictors of acceptance of the PA factors. The results confirmed that it is possible to identify PA criteria that are generally acceptable to employees from a variety of industries, and that organizational socialization can influence the acceptance of PA criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-125
Number of pages24
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • Organizational socialization
  • Performance appraisal
  • Teamwork
  • Work dedication


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