ERIC Number: ED263506
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Publication Date: 1985-Aug
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Perceptions of Appraisal Episodes: A Test of Two Structural Models.
Staudenmier, Julie; Tetrick, Lois E.
Although previous research on perception of work environment has focused on the underlying structure of the environment, perception of a specific event can indicate whether a three-dimensional model (prediction, understanding, and control) or a two-dimensional model (information and control) accounts for the individual's perception in terms of goal setting, goal consensus, goal clarity, performance clarity, ownership of goal setting and appraisal process, and impact on appraisal interview. These two models were examined in the context of the performance appraisal episode. A 15-item questionnaire representing the above six variables was administered to 206 exempt employees at a large electronic information processing organization. The results indicated that the three-dimensional model fit the data better than did the two-dimensional model. This suggestion, however, is tentative because of some limitations on this study. Not all aspects of the performance appraisal interview were included, error terms were assumed to be uncorrelated, and the goal-setting and appraisal program was newly instituted in the sample. Nonetheless, prediction, understanding, and control are three psychological dimensions that individuals use to make sense of events in their work environment. (TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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