This study examines the association between Brown et al.’s (2010) four dimensions of the quality of the performance appraisal system (the clarity, communication, fairness and trust) with the work-related attitudes [job-related stress, employee organisational commitment (EOC) and propensity to remain] of Australian accounting academics. Furthermore, the study examines the influence of such work-related attitudes on academic performance in respect to research, teaching and community service. Data were collected from a mail survey distributed to accounting academics within Australian universities. The results indicate that all four dimensions of the quality of the performance appraisal system were associated with work-related attitudes. Specifically, communication, fairness and clarity were positively associated with the level of EOC, trust was negatively associated with job-related stress and fairness was positively associated with the propensity to remain. With respect to the effect on academic performance, job-related stress was found to be negatively associated with research performance, while the level of EOC was positively associated with both teaching and community service. The findings highlight the importance of improving the quality of performance appraisal systems within the Australian higher education sector.
- community service performance
- performance appraisal systems
- research performance
- teaching performance
- work-related attitudes