Critical Review Essay

1832 Words Oct 15th, 2015 8 Pages
Clinical Operational Management – Assignment 2 (Critical Review Essay)

Article Reviewed
Clarke, C., Harcourt, M., & Flynn, M. (2013). Clinical Governance, Performance Appraisal and Interactional and Procedural Fairness at a New Zealand Public Hospital. Journal of Business Ethics, 117(3), 667-678. http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1550-9

Introduction
This is a review of article titled, “Clinical Governance, Performance Appraisal and Interactional and Procedural Fairness at a New Zealand Public Hospital” by Clarke, Harcourt, and Flynn (2013) which focuses on performance appraisal (PA).
The intention of the article is two-fold. It explores how nurses perceive fairness in the process of their PA and how the
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Kim and Rubianty (2011) revealed that intrinsic motivation of an employee correlates significantly with perceived fairness of PA. Hence it is recommended that adequate attention be paid to avoid discrepancies and injustices, aiming at continuity of pursuance for fairness and transparency during the PA process (Ikemefuna & Chidi, 2012).
Though the author agrees with the significance and implications of this article, there were many notable weaknesses identified especially in the area of the research methodology which affects the credibility of the article. This review will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the article following the structure of the article reviewed.

Critique of reviewed article
Title and Abstract
The title was ambiguous as many key terms e.g.; clinical governance, PA, interactional and procedural fairness were identified as possible phenomena’s of interest and no targeted population were identified. Despite a vague title, the abstract was clear in stating the purpose of the article which was to explore the conduct of PA and how perceived injustices impact the PA’s effectiveness. The methodology was also described; including sample size, research design and data collection…