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Paying for Performance: An International Comparison
Edited by: Michelle Brown; John S. Heywood

Cloth ISBN: 978-0-7656-0752-2 Paper ISBN: 978-0-7656-0753-9
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Information: 312pp. Tables, figures, references, index.
Publication Date: January 2002.  


Description: Although performance pay is used in many industrialized nations, the structure and success of this pay system vary widely depending on the institutions, regulatory framework, and legal settings of each country. This book makes the details and effects of these local variations clear for the first time.

World-renowned experts on the programs in their respective countries provide in-depth analyses of performance pay in the United States, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Japan, and Brazil. They draw out common themes across the countries as well as country-specific determinants of the use of performance pay and its level of success.

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List of Tables and Figures
1. Paying for Performance: Setting the Stage, Michelle Brown and John S. Heywood
2. Performance Pay in the United States: Its Determinants and Effects, Daniel Parent
3. Performance Pay in Canada, Richard J. Long
4. France: Weitzman Under State Paternalism?, Fathi Fakhfakh and Virginie PTrotin
5. Performance Pay in the United Kingdom: The Case of the Inland Revenue Service, David Marsden and Stephen French
6. The German Experience with Performance Pay, Uwe Jirjahn
7. Performance Related Pay in Australia, John Shields
8. Financial Participation and Pay for Performance in Japan, Takao Kato
9. The Brazilian Case: Performance Pay as Workers' Right, HTlio Zylberstajn
10. Paying for Performance: What Has Been Learned?, Michelle Brown and John S. Heywood
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Review(s): " Paying for Performance...does an excellent job of describing how performance-based pay is embedded in a country's contextual factors. ... I recommend Paying for Performance both to international human resource management researchers and to practicioners. It is of considerable value not only for the information it offers on compensation systems of specific countires, but also for the illumination cross-national comparison of performance-based pay it affords." -- Industrial and Labor Relations Review

"...this is a valuable text for anyone with an interest in this subject. It provides valuable comparative insight into current performance pay practice in a number of countries and demonstrates the widespread nature of this phenomenon." -- The Journal of Industrial Relations

"Who should have this book? Most academic/university libraries should have a copy, especially in any school that has specific programs related to HR or similar topics. Scholars with an interest in pay systems, international HR, or employee motivation and rewards should have the book. The readings could supplement a variety of courses, especially at the graduate level. Overall, the book is an excellent academic resource. It's interesting and does a good job of raising key issues, and I highly recommend it." -- Personnel Psychology Vol. 57, No. 1

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