Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

An effective leader adapts his evaluation style

20.12.2007
Evaluation systems and performance assessments at organisations are aimed at stimulating better performance from each employee in the same way. But managers seem to use a different evaluation style for employees who perform well and those who do not.

Jan Noeverman studied the influence of managers’ evaluation styles on the behaviour of subordinates. On Friday 21 December 2007 he will defend his dissertation Management Control Systems, evaluation style and behaviour: an exploration of the concept and behavioural effects of evaluation styles at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The philosophy behind performance assessments and evaluations is that it helps steer the behaviour of employees, and ultimately improves the organisation’s (financial) performance. But do these systems work the same for every employer and employee? Noeverman demonstrates that not only the subject of the system is important, but that it is equally important to look into the way in which managers use the system. How does a superior evaluate the performance of his subordinates?

Based on a literature survey, Noeverman describes how we can obtain better insight into the evaluation style of managers, and the influence this style has on the behaviour of subordinates. He also conducted an empirical survey among twelve managers and their subordinates at Van den Bergh Nederland (VDBN). Different styles of evaluation turned up within this organisation; this had an effect on the employee’s trust in his manager and the perceived fairness of the performance assessment.

The manner in which subordinates respond to their evaluation depends on a number of factors: the evaluation system itself, how the superior uses the system (his style), the value the subordinate attaches to the consequences of the evaluation, and the broader organisational context in which the evaluation takes place. Effective leaders take all of this into account. They adapt their evaluation style to the surroundings, the duties, and the assumed knowledge and skills of individual subordinates. In general, managers seem to use a different style when evaluating subordinates who perform relatively well in relation to their age and (work) experience than when evaluating other subordinates.

Jan Noeverman (1971) has been a university lecturer in Management Accounting at the School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam since 1999. He has also been daily administrator of the sub-municipality of Prins-Alexander in Rotterdam since 2006. His research appears in the series from Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the research school for management at Erasmus University Rotterdam. ERIM was founded by RSM Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics in 1999 and is officially recognised by the KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). The aim of ERIM is to carry out first class research in the area of management and offer a post-graduate programme in Research in Management.

Yvette Nelen | alfa
Further information:
http://www.erim.eur.nl
http://www.eur.nl/english

More articles from Business and Finance:

nachricht Microtechnology industry is hiring – positive developments of past years continue
09.04.2018 | IVAM Fachverband für Mikrotechnik

nachricht RWI/ISL-Container Throughput Index with minor decline on a high overall level
20.03.2018 | RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

All articles from Business and Finance >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: UNH scientists help provide first-ever views of elusive energy explosion

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving "magnetic reconnection"--the process by which sparse particles and energy around Earth collide producing a quick but mighty explosion--in the Earth's magnetotail, the magnetic environment that trails behind the planet.

Magnetic reconnection has remained a bit of a mystery to scientists. They know it exists and have documented the effects that the energy explosions can...

Im Focus: A Chip with Blood Vessels

Biochips have been developed at TU Wien (Vienna), on which tissue can be produced and examined. This allows supplying the tissue with different substances in a very controlled way.

Cultivating human cells in the Petri dish is not a big challenge today. Producing artificial tissue, however, permeated by fine blood vessels, is a much more...

Im Focus: A Leap Into Quantum Technology

Faster and secure data communication: This is the goal of a new joint project involving physicists from the University of Würzburg. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds the project with 14.8 million euro.

In our digital world data security and secure communication are becoming more and more important. Quantum communication is a promising approach to achieve...

Im Focus: Research icebreaker Polarstern begins the Antarctic season

What does it look like below the ice shelf of the calved massive iceberg A68?

On Saturday, 10 November 2018, the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport of Bremerhaven, bound for Cape Town, South Africa.

Im Focus: Penn engineers develop ultrathin, ultralight 'nanocardboard'

When choosing materials to make something, trade-offs need to be made between a host of properties, such as thickness, stiffness and weight. Depending on the application in question, finding just the right balance is the difference between success and failure

Now, a team of Penn Engineers has demonstrated a new material they call "nanocardboard," an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Optical Coherence Tomography: German-Japanese Research Alliance hosted Medical Imaging Conference

19.11.2018 | Event News

“3rd Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2018” Attracts International Experts and Users

09.11.2018 | Event News

On the brain’s ability to find the right direction

06.11.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

When AI and optoelectronics meet: Researchers take control of light properties

20.11.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

Researchers use MRI to predict Alzheimer's disease

20.11.2018 | Medical Engineering

How to melt gold at room temperature

20.11.2018 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>