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The mediating role of fairness on the effectiveness of strategic performance measurement systems

Kevin Baird (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Sophia Xia Su (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Nuraddeen Nuhu (Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 14 June 2021

Issue publication date: 30 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study examines the mediating role of the fairness of performance appraisal on the association between the extent of use of strategic performance measurement systems (SPMSs) with SPMS effectiveness.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using an online survey distributed to 656 Australian middle and lower level managers.

Findings

The findings reveal that informational fairness mediates the association between SPMSs (link to value drivers and the use of multidimensional performance measures) with performance-related outcomes; procedural fairness mediates the association between SPMSs (link to strategy and the use of multidimensional performance measures) with staff-related outcomes and distributive fairness mediates the association between the use of SPMSs (all three types) with both performance and staff-related outcomes.

Originality/value

The study provides a unique insight into the importance of fairness (the distributive, informational and procedural fairness of the performance appraisal system) in mediating the associations between the extent of use of SPMSs and SPMS effectiveness. The findings contribute to the human resource management (HRM) “black box” literature by providing an insight into the behavioural mechanism through which a specific human resource management practice (i.e. the SPMS) influences organisational performance.

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Citation

Baird, K., Su, S.X. and Nuhu, N. (2022), "The mediating role of fairness on the effectiveness of strategic performance measurement systems", Personnel Review, Vol. 51 No. 5, pp. 1491-1517. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-07-2020-0573

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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