THE INFLUENCE OF SUBORDINATE AGE ON PERFORMANCE RATINGS AND CAUSAL ATTRIBUTIONS

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  • Portions of this paper were presented at the Southern Management Association meetings, New Orleans, 1984. Requests for reprints should be sent to Gerald R. Ferris, Department of Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843.

Abstract

Three issues were examined in this study relative to the role of subordinate age in performance evaluations. First, it was found that supervisors rated older subordinates lower than younger subordinates doing the same job. Second, differences between self-ratings of performance and supervisory ratings seemed to be a function of the subordinate's age. Third, a significant age × performance interaction was detected on ability attributions.

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