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Personal development review (PDR) process and engineering staff motivation: A case study investigation in a manufacturing firm

Rocha-Lona, Luis; Garza-Reyes, Jose Arturo; Baldwin, Claire; Garza-Reyes, Jose; Kumar, Vikas

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Luis Rocha-Lona

Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes

Claire Baldwin

Jose Garza-Reyes


© Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose - The academic literature and motivational theory recognise the positive role of motivation on organisational performance and considers personal development as a key motivational factor. In practice, most organisations employ a personal development review (PDR) process to drive and plan the development of their staff. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the interrelation and impact of the PDR process, and its elements, on staff motivation. Design/methodology/approach - The study is based on a case study research approach carried out in two large manufacturing-engineering departments of a world-class manufacturing organisation. A survey questionnaire was designed, validated and distributed to the engineering staff and its results were analysed using descriptive statistics. Findings - The study's results indicate that in most of the cases, a PDR process does not by itself motivate staff. But it argues that a poorly designed and conducted PDR process may make motivation, through personal development, difficult to achieve. Practical implications - This paper provides manufacturing managers with an opportunity to understand whether a common business process (i.e. PDR), and the elements that comprise it, can be employed as a method to aid in the motivation of their staff. Originality/value - This research expands the current knowledge on motivational and manufacturing management theory by performing an initial and exploratory study that establishes the impact of the PDR process on staff motivation. It is among the very first investigations that correlate the PDR process and motivation, especially in the manufacturing industry.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jul 1, 2014
Deposit Date Apr 14, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 25, 2016
Journal Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Print ISSN 1741-038X
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 6
Pages 827-847
Keywords manufacturing, staff motivation, personal development review, PDR
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Additional Information Additional Information : This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (please insert the web address here). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Contract Date Feb 25, 2016


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