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Multilevel Selection and the Paradox of Sustained Competitive Advantage

Robert E. Ployhart

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Assessment and Selection

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199732579
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199732579.013.0029

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Multilevel Selection and the Paradox of Sustained Competitive Advantage

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The paradox of sustained competitive advantage suggests that individual knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics may be related to individual job performance, but fail to contribute to a firm's sustained competitive advantage. Much of the cause of this paradox can be attributed to a lack of theory and research linking microtraditions and macrotraditions. This chapter considers the nature of this paradox, identifying how and why it exists, and presents a multilevel model of personnel selection as one means for reconciling it. Empirical research relating to the model is presented, and the implications of this model for future research and practice are discussed.

Keywords: multilevel selection; personnel selection; human capital; strategic human resource management

Article.  13328 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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