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A Teaching Topic in Human Resource Management

Evaluating Talent

This teaching topic deals with the techniques of evaluating talent and their impact on the organizational performance.

Topic Learning Outcome: Upon mastering this topic, students will be able to describe the processes through which employee performance is measured in the public sector, and will be aware of some of the major challenges associated with evaluating the performance of particular employees within large organizations.

Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Appraisal; Merit System; Qualification Standard; Talent Management.

Recommended Reading (Harvard MLD-110B)

General Electric’s Talent Machine: The Making of a CEO, HBS Case 304-049, 28 pages

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Putting People First, Academy of Management Executives, 1999, Vol 13, 2, pp. 37-48

Sample Assessment Questions:

1.) Why is it important for public managers to measure the performance of employees? What are some of the criteria that managers use in evaluating performance?

2.) "Pay for Performance" systems provide financial incentives to employees for successful performance reviews. What are some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of these systems?

Page Created By: Ben Eisen, 20 May 2015.


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