The influence of global uncertainty on the cross-border performance appraisal

Jane Maley (Department of Business & Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)
Robin Kramer (School of Business, Australian Catholic University, Sydney, Australia)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 28 January 2014



The aim of this paper is to examine the practice of performance management in a cross-border context in times of global uncertainty.


This is a conceptual paper.


The findings expose global uncertainty to be wielding a significant influence on performance management.

Practical implications

A practical framework is developed using real options theory. This approach offers suggestions for multinational corporations to increase the effectiveness of their performance management while at the same time focusing on profit-maximisation.


This paper enhances international management research by recognizing that real options theory can effectively be applied to improve the effectiveness of performance management in global uncertainty.



Maley, J. and Kramer, R. (2014), "The influence of global uncertainty on the cross-border performance appraisal", Personnel Review, Vol. 43 No. 1, pp. 19-40.

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