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Tran, TV., Lepistö, S. & Järvinen, J. The relationship between subjectivity in managerial performance evaluation and the three dimensions of justice perception. J Manag Control 32, 369–399 (2021).

The relationship between subjectivity in managerial performance evaluation and the three dimensions of justice perception

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Author: Tran, Thuy-Van1; Lepistö, Sinikka2; Järvinen, Janne1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, P.O Box 4600, 90014, Oulu, Finland
2Turku School of Economics, Pori Unit, University of Turku, P.O Box 170, 28101, Pori, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-13


This paper examines the relationship between subjectivity in performance evaluation and the three dimensions of justice perceptions in an emerging economy; prior research on this topic has primarily focused solely on the advanced capitalist economies of Western nations. The paper also aims to expand on existing research by focusing on the role of interactional justice perceptions in relation to subjective evaluation (Byrne et al. in Hum Resour Manag J 22(2):129–147; Folger and Cropanzano, in Organizational justice and human resource management, Sage, Thousand Oaks, 1998). Results from a survey of 160 middle managers in Vietnam indicate that subjective evaluation is associated predominantly with negative effects. We found that, in an emerging economy like that of Vietnam, subjective evaluation reduces interactional justice perception, which in turn decreases the perception of procedural and distributive justice. The mediating effects suggest that the reason subjective evaluation influences employee procedural/distributive justice perceptions lies in the interactional justice perceived from supervisors. This research clarifies the effects of subjective evaluation on the dimensions of justice perception and contributes to the literature on performance evaluation and organizational justice in a non-Western context. It also highlights the importance of respect and communication for fairness perception in both theory and practice.

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Series: Journal of management control
ISSN: 2191-4761
ISSN-E: 2191-477X
ISSN-L: 2191-4761
Volume: 32
Issue: 3
Pages: 369 - 399
DOI: 10.1007/s00187-021-00319-2
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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