The end of performance management: sorting the facts from the hype

Nik Kinley (YSC, London, UK.)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Publication date: 11 April 2016



The purpose of this paper is to review recent developments in performance management processes and make recommendations for practice.


The paper reviews historical issues and developments in performance management processes, with particular attention paid to the challenges involved in ensuring effective performance management.


The paper finds that many of the recent headlines declaring the end of performance management and at best premature and at worst misleading. Recent developments in practice are described and reviewed, and recommendations on which of the developments are worth for organizations to pursue are made based on current research.


There are many headlines and a fair bit of hype around performance management recently. This paper reveals the issues and research behind the hype.



Kinley, N. (2016), "The end of performance management: sorting the facts from the hype", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 90-94.

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