Presented by: Theresa Atkinson
Title: What Do You Mean I Have a Bad Review: The Effects of Race on Perceptions of Performance Appraisal Fairness and Deviant Behaviors.
Committee chair: Dr. Patrick Rosopa
Committee: Dr. Mary Ann Taylor & Dr. D. Moore.
Time & date: Wednesday, October 24th at 12 noon in Backett 419.
Perceptions of unfair performance appraisals have been found to be associated with various negative organizational outcomes including increases in workplace deviant behaviors and decreases in organizational citizenship behaviors. A main goal of the present study is to examine the process through which perceptions of performance appraisals lead to different behavioral outcomes by using psychological contract breaches. Although much research has examined psychological contracts and perceptions of breach as a social exchange phenomenon, the present study will examine breaches within the framework of Affective Events Theory. In the workplace, minority employees often receive more negative performance appraisals compared to their non-minority counterparts; these differences in appraisals are often attributed to rater bias. Thus, differences between minority and non-minority employees in terms of perceptions of performance appraisals and psychological contract breaches will also be examined. In addition, although past research suggests that core self-evaluations (CSE) is a relatively stable construct, the present study will investigate whether differing levels of performance appraisal bias may serve to alter individuals’ CSE.
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