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Performance Appraisal
This paper is a research study of strategic human resources management, specifically the function and importance of performance appraisal.
# 60174 | 9,070 words | 25 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2005 in Business (Human Resources) , Research Designs (General)

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This paper attempts to identify the strengths and weaknesses of performance appraisal approach in theory and in practice and to determine to what extent performance appraisal is conditioned by cultural factors as demonstrated in a typical Japanese bank. The author uses a historical/case study approach, a process by which the historian seeks to test the truthfulness of the reports of observations that are provided by others, and secondary research. The paper relates results that Japanese employees are motivated by many of the same factors that influence their American counterparts but by differing degrees: All employees recognize that hard work, loyalty and their commitment to organizational goals are aspects of their jobs, which should be evaluated; however, what appears to be the most glaring difference between Japanese and American employees is the extent to which such performance appraisal results are expected to be used in developing compensation levels. Tables and Charts.

Table of Contents
Introduction (Background)
Research Aim
Research Objectives
Research Questions
Background and Overview
Strategic Human Resources Management
Importance of Performance Appraisals
Influence of Cultural Factors on Performance Appraisals
Research Methodology
Types of Data to be Used in the Research
Criteria for Selection of Articles
Advantages and Disadvantages using Secondary Data
Evaluating Secondary Data Sources
Research Analysis, Findings and Discussion
Case Study One: Japanese Financial Services Firms and Banks in New York City by Beechler and Yang (1994)
Case Study Two: TSDAL in New York City by Noriya Simiharta (1999)
Project Limitations
Further Research
Appendix: General Steps to Improve the Performance Appraisal Process

From the Paper:

"Following World War II, the military leadership of the U.S. forces occupying Japan imposed American-style labor laws and industrial relations practices under the belief that they would help ensure that Japan would not fall back into a militaristic or totalitarian state; by the 1980s the situation had reversed. Consequently, many American experts called for adoption of Japanese management practices in hopes of achieving the same high productivity, quality, and cooperative labor-management relations found in leading Japanese firms. In both of these instances some practices were successfully transplanted to the other country. For instance, free trade unions and collective bargaining did evolve in postwar Japan (although not in the same fashion as they did in the U.S.). At any rate, the success of Japanese management caused many American businesses to reassess their own policies and practices and to focus on the Japanese system. This has been particularly true in American manufacturing industries. In the automobile industry, for example, the success of Japanese "transplants" (Japanese-managed plants operating in the United States and staffed with American workers) has reinforced the efficacy of the approach with American auto executives."

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