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Attributions and the Evaluation of Dynamic Performance
FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations
  • Michael B. Harari
Document Type
Thesis
Degree
Master of Science (MS)
Department
Psychology
First Advisor's Name
Chockalingam Viswesvaran
First Advisor's Committee Title
Co-Committee Chair
Second Advisor's Name
Cort Rudolph
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Co-Committee Chair
Third Advisor's Name
Jesse Michel
Keywords
  • dynamic performance appraisal,
  • dynamic performance characteristics,
  • attributions
Date of Defense
6-12-2013
Abstract

As research into the dynamic characteristics of job performance across time has continued to accumulate, associated implications for performance appraisal have become evident. At present, several studies have demonstrated that systematic trends in job performance across time influence how performance is ultimately judged. However, little research has considered the processes by which the performance trend-performance rating relationship occurs. In the present study, I addressed this gap. Specifically, drawing on attribution theory, I proposed and tested a model whereby the performance trend-performance rating relationship occurs through attributions to ability and effort. The results of this study indicated that attributions to ability, but not effort, mediate the relationship between performance trend and performance ratings and that this relationship depends on attribution-related cues. Implications for performance appraisal research and theory are discussed.

Identifier
FI13080903
Citation Information
Michael B. Harari. "Attributions and the Evaluation of Dynamic Performance" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_harari/1/