Theoretical and Practical Issues: Research Needs

Neal Schmitt and Catherine Ott-Holland

in The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Assessment and Selection

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199732579
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Theoretical and Practical Issues: Research Needs

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In this chapter, we summarize the major issues in each of the areas addressed in this volume. Identification of these issues as “major” is obviously a judgment on our part; many more important questions and challenging research issues are highlighted throughout the book. Some of the ideas mentioned in this chapter are central to the discussions of the individual chapter authors; others are concerns that occurred to us as we read the chapters. We believe that these questions are ones that should be addressed by researchers and considered by practitioners as they develop and implement selection interventions. Concerns about the construct validity and meaning of our assessments should be paramount, but reaction to these measures on the part of client organizations, their practical utility in assisting with decision making, and the impact of their use on groups and individuals are of obvious importance as well. Although we have described areas in which more information would be helpful, we want to emphasize our conviction that organizational psychologists have developed a large body of knowledge about human ability and job performance and this is well documented throughout the book.

Keywords: selection research; ability–performance relationships; ability measurement; performance and outcomes research; selection context

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Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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