Anna Tavis Coauthors Article on the Performance Management Revolution in Harvard Business Review

Anna Tavis, a clinical associate professor of human resources development in the NYUSPS Division of Programs in Business, has coauthored a scholarly article with Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in the October 2016 issue of Harvard Business Review, titled "The Performance Management Revolution: The focus is shifting from accountability to learning." This research study examines the current trend in companies transforming traditional performance management to free up innovation, collaboration, and creativity of their employees. The tension between the traditional and newer approaches to performance reviews goes to the heart of a long-running dispute about managing people—by emphasizing individual accountability for past results, traditional appraisals give little or no attention to improving current performance and to developing talent for the future. To better support employee development, many organizations are dropping or radically changing their annual review systems in favor of giving people less formal, more frequent feedback that follows the natural cycle of work. Real business needs are driving this shift.