360 Appraisal Versus Indigenous Systems and Culture

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Nhlanhla Sibisi
Student (University), Germany

360 Appraisal Versus Indigenous Systems and Culture

In South Africa we have an indigenous traditional culture called Ubuntu (which is also referred to as 'The African Way').
I am curious as to how can you carry out an appraisal within societies that have a strong belief in their own way of evaluating performance?
Obviously my thinking is that the appraisal tools discussed here are steeped in 'western culture'.
How best can one apply appraisal tools within an international company that operates in China, rural Africa or Asia, or in religious environments, etc.

  Hemant Desai
Management Consultant, India

Cultural Variables

Very interesting question whose application is not limited only to the appraisal system, but most other topics which touch motivation. Culture seems to be a dependent variable for understanding motivation. Current management education is mainly based on American / European experiences and studies.
It looks like customization for some sections of HRM / OB is necessary outside of these regions.

  Nhlanhla Sibisi
Student (University), Germany

Cultural Variable to the Appraisal System

I guess it will be a quite a challenge to research an appraisal system that takes experiences of a given culture, adapt ...

  Aderoju Ogunlana
Student (Other), United States

Impact of Culture

I suppose this is where the importance of diversity and inclusion comes into play. Because one appraisal system works in...

  Mark Cicotello
VP of HR, United States

Culture and Appraisal System

My insight is limited because of my lack of knowledge of the "African way". However, my experience with other cultures h...

Student (MBA), South Africa

Culture and Appraisal System

Regarding the culture of Ubuntu by Nhlanhla Sibisi, as a South African, I am of the view that indigenous as this culture...

  Jean Claude Perrault
Manager, South Africa

Role of Culture in 360 Degree Feed Back

Ubuntu or not, in order to be competitive a company and its employees have to operate under certain ethical and business...

  Vijay Jassal
Entrepreneur, India

360 Degree Feedback in Cultures

Having worked in various geographies and about 14 nationalities over 8 years and my experience is that the "basic human ...

  Thomas N. Meriwether
Professor, United States

Initial Analysis

Any 360-appraisal should begin with a sound analysis as to the knowledge, skills, and abilities possessed by excellent p...

  Eddie Ozols, Australia

360 Appraisal versus Indigenous Culture Systems

From my limited time in South Africa I understand that Ubuntu refers to supporting one another. Modern business requires...

  Chike Nwokorie
Management Consultant, United Kingdom

360 Degrees

This is quite interesting. I feel it will have to depend on the individual or organisations strategy and vision. As long...

  Rajinder Singh
Director, India

360 Degree Appraisal

Culture does play an important part in appraisals, but today's workforce is quite flexible when it comes to performing i...

  Dennis Sebata
Business Consultant, Botswana

Indigenous Culture System

I very much agree that most of the 360 literature is based on development in the first world. The third world rarely hav...

Manager, Zimbabwe

Appraisals versus Cultures

Ubuntu means being human and behaving as expected in a human society. I suppose that's universal, whatever cultural set...

  Hemant Desai
Management Consultant, India

Cultural Baselines are Different

In some Arab countries, it may be acceptable for cutting off a limb, thrashing etc. For a culprit, the US law would not ...

Management Consultant, Netherlands

Group Centered Apprasails and Reward Systems

Nhlanla, it's ironic, in my role as coach and consultant to managers I'm trying to introduce African group centered prin...

  Hasan Hasanuzzoha
Professor, Canada

Diversity and 360 Degree Eveluation

I am teaching in a multicultural environment in which over 100 different nationalities exist and over 80 different langu...

  andrew kayima
Accountant, Uganda

Appraisals in non-western Cultures

Culture covers a lot of things and it varies from place to place. In western culture, if a performance was good so will ...

  Jean Cardino
HR Consultant, Philippines

A More Elaborate Description of the Ubunto Way?

Interesting! May I know a more comprehensive description of the indigenous traditional culture called Ubuntu (which is a...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

What is Ubuntu

Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ɓntʼ]) is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity." It is often translated as "I ...

  David Stehlik
Professor, United States

Sourcing the Self - Who's Opinion Matters

@Jaap de Jonge: I remember having this conversation with colleagues several years ago, and our research leader make the ...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

360 Degree Feedback and Ubuntu

@David Stehlik: So in the light of this discussion on 360 DFB, should we then conclude that a group-oriented culture and...

  John Henry
Project Manager, United States

Appraisals and Individual Value

Before we talk about individual cultural differences, and using different appraisal techniques, first we need to identif...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Assumptions Behind Western Appraisal Approaches

@John Henry: Your opinion reflects the typical western (at least American) culture / way of thinking which is based on f...


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