The PM System

MGTS 7605 Individual Assignment Guide

Overview of the assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to evaluate a performance management (PM) system. It is
intended to demonstrate your critical thinking about the continuous process of planning
human resources, assessment of performance, and development of employees.
To start, find a PM system. It can be one you have personal experience of (i.e., used in your
current / previous workplace), one that is being used in a family / friend’s workplace, or
sourced from books, articles, or the internet. In evaluating the system, refer to the elements of
the assignment below:
• A description of the PM system: Describe the PM system you selected, including
what country / industry / organisation it belongs to. Descriptions should include how
the PM system functions in the context of work or business cycles, HR policies that
reflect the PM system, workplace practices, and other artefacts that characterise the
system used.
• An evaluation of the PM system from the perspective of course concepts and logic:
Evaluate aspects of the PM system, by using course concepts (i.e., theories and ideas
discussed in class). Students should ideally refer to 10 academic journal articles to
ensure that their evaluation is grounded in scientific findings and theories. Attempt to
evaluate the PM system from as many perspectives as possible, including how the PM
system supports organisational goals, motivates employees, how it promotes fairness
and justice, represents an ongoing process, promotes high performance, and how it
can lead to the development of employees. Also think about the appropriateness of the
PM system, given professional / industry / national / cultural expectations and norms.
• Supporting documents: You should include as an appendix some documentation of
PM system, which can be in the form of official documents, manuals, transcribed
interviews, or other sources. If you are not sure how to document a PM system,
contact the lecturer for guidance. If available, attach job descriptions relevant to the
PM system you are evaluating.
• References: In addition to in-text citations, you should include a reference section,
ideally with 10 or more academic journal articles. You should use the Academy of
Management Journal style ( throughout.
Submission: The assignment should be submitted via Turnitin, via BlackBoard, by 31
October 2019 1400.
Academic integrity: Appropriate citation and attribution of ideas should be made clear
throughout your assignment. Students will lose marks for copying and pasting others’ work
without appropriate attribution or acknowledgement. Students will also lose marks for using
existing analyses of PM systems – your work must be original.

Marking guidelines: A marking guideline is available via the ECP (https://course-


there's no structure for the essay. you can just start the essay by briefly
talk about the company, it's general goals (whether they have mission
and value statement), the performance management system that the
company has implemented (for instance, what kind of rewards does the
company implement for high performers, what kind of measurements
are used to assess performance etc. – basically topics that were
discussed throughout the semester), identify what systems are in place
or not, using journal articles to describe and assess these systems
based on their effectiveness (whether is it implemented correctly, is it
helpful). if some form of PM system is absent, give reasons and
explanations for it. you can also describe the good and/or bad for not
having or having these PM systems in the company. you then give
suggestions and evaluations of the PM system, why they are good/ bad,
and what kind of solutions/ suggestions you would give to improve their
current system.


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