Sunday, March 13, 2011

Research roundup: Political skill, emotions, and...hobos?

Time to catch up on the research:

First, Blickle, et al. show that political skill ("the capacity to understand others in working life effectively, and to apply such knowledge to induce others to act in ways that add to one's personal or organizational goals") can predict job performance beyond GMA and personality factors.

Fast on its heels comes a study from Bing et al. that also shows support for the concept of political skill (what is it, election season?). This time the researchers use meta-analysis to show a positive relationship between political skill and both task and contextual performance, with a stronger link to the latter. The relationship is also stronger as interpersonal and social requirements of the job increase.

Next, Giordano, et al. provide evidence that can help organizations detect deception in interviews (hint: reviewers out-performed interviewers, and giving a warning helps).

Fukuda, et al. show that the factor structure of two emotional intelligence measures remained consistent when translated into Japanese.

Hjemdal et al. continue gathering support for a measure of resilience (essentially the ability to successfully deal with stressors); this time in a French-speaking Belgian sample.

Interested in the Bookmark method of setting cut scores? Then you'll want to take a look at this study by Davis-Becker et al. and its slightly disturbing results.

The measurement of reading comprehension is common, and it's important to understand the construct(s) being measured. This piece by Svetina, et al. helps us parse out the concept.

The discussion about the March issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology was dominated by Bem's study of precognition, but a hidden gem is there to be found: Hopwood et al.'s study of how personality changes over one's lifespan. Looks like it's largely due to environmental influences and the most change occurs early on.

Interested in PO fit and its relationship with attitudinal outcomes? Then you'll want to check out Leung & Chaturvedi's study.

Last but not least, Woo analyzes a sample of U.S. workers and finds support for "Ghiselli's hobo syndrome" among a small group: basically these folks frequently change jobs and have positive attitudes about it. Not surprisingly, these hobos reported being less satisfied with their current jobs. I guess there's just no pleasing some people!

Side note: I just ran across the Questionmark blog. A lot of really cool stuff that focuses on education and learning applications, but a lot of the content is directly applicable to personnel assessment. They're a vendor, so there are some sales pitches, but it's worth weeding through.

Final note: I apologize ahead of time if some of these links don't work; I've tried my best to link to non-session based abstracts but it can be hard to tell.

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