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Coens, T., & Jenkins M. (2000).  Abolishing Performance Appraisals: Why They Backfire and What to Do Instead.
In the introduction to the book, subtitled "Letting Go of a Hopeless Ritual", the authors include the following quotation: "The world will not be saved by old minds with new programs. If the world is saved, it will be saved by new minds—with no programs."
The authors argue that appraisal ratings produce "unintended consequences—the insidious, destructive, and counterproductive effects of giving people ratings about their work performance. Whether accurate or not, people are psychologically affected by ratings. And except for people rated at the highest end of the scale, the impact is usually negative and consequently counterproductive to the cause of improving performance." (p. 69)

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