The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Assessment and Selection

ISBN : 9780199366293

Neal Schmitt
992 Pages
181 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jan 2014
Oxford Library of Psychology
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Employee selection has long stood at the practical forefront of industrial/organizational psychology. Today's social, business, and economic climates require ongoing adaptations by those who select organizations' personnel, and research on the topic helps gauge the impact of these adaptations and their implications for human performance and potential. The Oxford Handbook of Personnel Assessment and Selection codifies the wealth of new research surrounding employee selection (web-based assessments, social networking, globalization of organizations), situating them alongside more traditional practices to establish the best and most relevant research for both professionals and academics. Comprising chapters from authors in both the private sector and academia, this volume is organized into seven parts: (1) historical and social context of the field of assessment and selection; (2) research strategies; (3) individual difference constructs that underlie effective performance; (4) measures of predictor constructs; (5) employee performance and outcome assessment; (6) societal and organizational constraints on selection practice; and (7) implementation and sustainability of selection systems. While providing a comprehensive review of current research and practice, the purpose of this handbook is to provide an up-to-date profile of each of the areas addressed and highlight current questions that deserve additional attention from researchers and practitioners. This compendium is essential reading for industrial/organizational psychologists and human resource managers.


Part One: Introduction and Overview
1. Conceptual Outline of the Handbook of Assessment and Selection
Neal Schmitt
Part Two: Historical and Social Context of Selection and the Nature of Individual Differences
2. A History of Personnel Selection and Assessment
Andrew J. Vinchur and Laura L. Koppes Bryan
3. Individual Differences
Kevin R. Murphy
4. The Social and Organizational Context of Personnel Selection
Robert E. Ployhart and Benjamin Schneider
5. Employee Recruitment: Current Knowledge and Suggestions for Future Research
James A. Breaugh
Part Three: Research Strategies
6. The Concept of Validity and the Process of Validation
Paul R. Sackett, Dan J. Putka, and Rodney A. McCloy
7. Job Analysis for KSAOs, Predictor Measures, and Performance Outcomes
Michael T. Brannick, Adrienne Cadle, and Edward L. Levine
8. Organizational Strategy and Staffing
John P. Hausknecht and Patrick M. Wright
9. Meta-Analysis as a Validity Summary Tool
George C. Banks and Michael A. McDaniel
Part Four: Individual Difference Construct
10. Cognitive Abilities
Deniz S. Ones, Stephan Dilchert, and Chockalingam Viswesvaran
11. Nature and Use of Personality in Selection
Murray R. Barrick and Michael K. Mount
12. Person-Environment Fit in the Selection Process
Cheri Ostroff and Yujie Zhan
13. The Assessment of Physical Capabilities in the Workplace
Todd A. Baker and Deborah L. Gebhardt
14. Using Composite Predictors in Personnel Selection
Kate Hattrup
Part Five: Measures of Predictor Construct
15. The Selection Interview from the Interviewer and Applicant Perspectives: Can't Have One without the Other
Robert L. Dipboye, Therese Macan, and Comila Shahani-Denning
16. Background Data: Use of Experiential Knowledge in Personnel Selection
Michael D. Mumford, Jamie D. Barrett, and Kimberly S. Hester
17. Simulations
Filip Lievens and Britt De Soete
18. Individual Psychological Assessment
S. Morton McPhail and P. Richard Jeanneret
19. Self-Reports For Employee Selection
Paul E. Spector
20. Predictive Bias in Work and Educational Settings
Nathan R. Kuncel and David M. Klieger
21. Web-Based Assessments
John C. Scott and Daniel V. Lezotte
Part Six: Performance and Outcomes Assessment
22. Supervisory Performance Ratings
David J. Woehr and Sylvia Roch
23. The Use of Objective Measures as Criteria in I/O Psychology
Walter C. Borman and Tiffany N. Smith
24. A Review of Citizenship and Counterproductive Behaviors in Organizational Decision-Making
Brian J. Hoffman and Stephan Dilchert
25. Assessment of Voluntary Turnover in Organizations: Answering the Questions of Why, Who, and How Much
Sang Eun Woo and Carl P. Maertz Jr.
26. Adaptive Performance and Trainability as Criteria in Selection Research
Elaine D. Pulakos, Rose A. Mueller-Hanson, and Johnathan K. Nelson
27. Occupational Safety
J. Craig Wallace, Jeffrey B. Paul, Ronald S. Landis, and Stephen J. Vodanovich
Part Seven: Societal and Organizational Constraints on Selection
28. Applicant Reactions to Testing and Selection
Stephen W. Gilliland and Dirk D. Steiner
29. Multilevel Selection and the Paradox of Sustained Competitive Advantage
Robert E. Ployhart
30. Legal Constraints on Personnel Selection Decisions
Arthur Gutman
31. Time in Personnel Selection
Margaret E. Beier and Phillip L. Ackerman
32. Personnel Selection across the Globe
Dirk D. Steiner
33. Employee Value: Combining Utility Analysis with Strategic Human Resource Management Research to Yield Strong Theory
Michael C. Sturman
34. "Retooling" Evidence-Based Staffing: Extending the Validation Paradigm Using Management Mental Models
John W. Boudreau
35. Workplace Diversity
Ann Marie Ryan and Charlotte Powers
36. Team Selection
Frederick P. Morgeson, Stephen E. Humphrey, and Matthew C. Reeder
37. Selection Out: How Firms Choose Workers to Lay Off
Daniel C. Feldman and Thomas W.H. Ng
38. Contingent Workers: Who Are They and How Can We Select Them for Success?
Talya N. Bauer, Donald M. Truxillo, Layla R. Mansfield, and Berrin Erdogan
Part Eight: Implementation and Sustainability of Selection Systems
39. Implementation Issues in Employee Selection Testing
Nancy T. Tippins
40. The Life Cycle of Successful Selection Programs
Jerard Kehoe, Steven Brown, and Calvin Hoffman
Part Nine: Conclusion and Future Directions
41. Theoretical and Practical Issues: Research Needs
Neal Schmitt and Catherine Ott-Holland

About the author: 

Neal Schmitt, Ph.D., is University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Michigan State University.

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