The existence and nature of racial bias in supervisory ratings

J Appl Psychol. 2005 May;90(3):586-91. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.90.3.586.


The purpose of this article is to facilitate a reconsideration of what the authors consider to be a mistaken belief among personnel psychologists--the belief that supervisory ratings of job performance are not biased on the basis of race. In this article, the authors reviewed the current literature, reexamined the data, and concluded that the research on which this mistaken belief is based clearly demonstrates that racial bias may indeed exist and is significant, both in statistical and practical terms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Black People / psychology*
  • Employee Performance Appraisal*
  • Humans
  • Military Personnel / psychology
  • Organization and Administration*
  • Prejudice*
  • White People / psychology*