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Improving performance appraisal: The value of personal development plans

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 3 July 2017




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


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It has become something of a cliché to point out that a firm’s most important asset is its workforce. Yet in these increasingly challenging times, such reasoning remains as pertinent as ever. Human capital and the social networks that employees create are now viewed as key strategic resources. The more judicious companies clearly subscribe to this belief. Employee development is a top priority in the quest to secure and sustain a competitive edge over rivals. Despite this commitment, questions have been raised about the effectiveness of performance management. Most organizations tend toward the conventional approach whereby appraisals take place just once or twice a year. Under this system, the gap between reviews is a minimum of six months. Managers thus often struggle to properly address issues which do not occur close to these points. One significant consequence of this weakness is growth in the use of personal development plans (PDPs) as a viable alternative.

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The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


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(2017), "Improving performance appraisal: The value of personal development plans", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 36-39.



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