Job Analysis and Competency Modeling

Olga F. Voskuijl and Arne Evers

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Psychology

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199234738
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577093 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Job Analysis and Competency Modeling

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It has been argued that job analysis is not relevant to the changing world of work; some authors find it is outdated or are of the opinion that it could even be declared dead. Competency modeling is often seen as the solution to the problem; the term is fashionable and probably more marketable, but of course there is more to it than that. This article focuses on the role of “conventional” job or work analysis, and discusses the differences between these approaches to the analysis of work and competency modeling. It describes the characteristics of job analysis and some well-known instruments and methods of job analysis. The article presents a variety of approaches to competency modeling. It also contrasts and integrates job analysis and competency modeling. Finally, the article summarizes the consequences of past developments in work for job analysis.

Keywords: job analysis; competency modeling; conventional job analysis; work analysis; past developments

Article.  10330 words. 

Subjects: Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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