Exploring Attitudes and Attitudes Change Towards Performance Appraisal: A Longitudinal Q-Method Analysis of Physician Executives

30 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2017

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Alberto Asquer

University of London, SOAS, Department of Financial and Management Studies; Universita di Cagliari - Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche ed Aziendali

Inna Krachkovskaya

Universita di Cagliari

Date Written: September 21, 2017

Abstract

The use of performance appraisal is especially controversial in public sector organizations where professionalism norms contribute shaping individual identity and behavior. This study provides a longitudinal analysis of the attitudes of physician executives towards performance appraisal in a public health organization. By using Q method on 2013 and 2016 data, the analysis identifies three different attitudes towards PA held by physician executives. The analysis, moreover, provides evidence that attitudes change over time, and that individuals become more critical towards PA and more inclined to make amendments to PA practices. Findings from this study form indications for a dynamic theory of performance appraisal.

Keywords: Performance appraisal, physician executives, attitudes, Q-methodology

Suggested Citation

Asquer, Alberto and Krachkovskaya, Inna, Exploring Attitudes and Attitudes Change Towards Performance Appraisal: A Longitudinal Q-Method Analysis of Physician Executives (September 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3040555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3040555

Alberto Asquer (Contact Author)

University of London, SOAS, Department of Financial and Management Studies ( email )

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London, WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Universita di Cagliari - Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche ed Aziendali ( email )

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Cagliari, 09123
Italy

Inna Krachkovskaya

Universita di Cagliari ( email )

Cagliari
Italy

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