1st Edition

Transforming Performance Management to Drive Performance
An Evidence-based Roadmap

ISBN 9781138051966
Published March 21, 2018 by Routledge
218 Pages

USD $58.95

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Book Description

Recently a revolution has taken place in organizations around the world to transform their performance management systems from burdensome chores into a valuable business practices. Many high-profile companies have announced they are getting rid of the dreaded performance reviews and replacing them with ongoing coaching and feedback. Although these cases are inspiring other organizations to contemplate change, many are left with more questions than answers.

While many fads and quick fixes have been proposed to answer these questions, little research exists to support them. This book provides a practical and evidence-based guide for building a performance management approach that actually improves performance. It cuts through the hype and gives actionable advice, useful tools, and real-world examples for organizations to build the business case for change, plan the transformation, design the new system, and implement the change effectively. Featuring research findings as well as concrete strategies from organizations that have proven successful, this book provides a roadmap for meaningful change. It will be of interest to professionals and scholars interested in evidence-based performance management and the challenges facing organizations.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Kevin R. Murphy and Jeanette N. Cleveland


Part I. Laying the Foundation for Change

Chapter 1: The Case for Change

Chapter 2: What to Change

Chapter 3: A Roadmap for Transformation

Part II. Creating a Performance Management Approach that Drives Performance

Chapter 4: Define the Performance Your Organization Needs to Succeed

Chapter 5: Inspire Action and Direct Energy

Chapter 6: Measure and Evaluate Performance

Chapter 7: Enable High-Quality Performance Conversations

Chapter 8: Make Smart Talent Decisions

Chapter 9: Address Poor Performance Head-on

Part III. Sustaining the Change

Chapter 10: The Holy Grail of Behavior Change

Chapter 11: A Change Management Approach to Implementation

Chapter 12: The Path Forward


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Rose A. Mueller-Hanson is Associate Director/CFO of Community Interface Services. For over 20 years, she has been a champion of common sense, effective performance management practices.

Elaine D. Pulakos is President of PDRI. For over 25 years, she has been helping organizations drive higher performance through implementing effective performance management strategies.



"In their new book, Rose Mueller-Hanson and Elaine Pulakos offer a holistic approach to designing, implementing and evaluating PM systems that provide a clear path through the clutter. Whether you are focused on driving a culture transformation or impacting the bottom-line (or both) this book will have you challenging assumptions and implementing changes in your PM system that will make a real difference in your organization."—Allan H. Church, SVP Global Talent Assessment & Development, PepsiCo, Inc.

"In clear and crisp language, this evidence-based book documents the range of possible actions to take in companies to make performance management an everyday activity that enables the individual and team behaviors that promote achieving organizational goals." —Benjamin Schneider, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, USA; Affiliated Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, USA