Okay, I know I just did a research update but but I had a couple stragglers, including a pretty important one, namely the Spring 2013 Personnel Psychology, which is free right now!
- First, an important piece by Bobko and Roth updating d values for Black-White differences on selection measures. Their updated analysis indicates measures such as biodata and assessment centers may have d values as large as paper-and-pencil tests of cognitive ability. Personality measures still benefit from small differences. They include a helpful table that breaks down the values by construct, and they also include a list of factors that can impact d, such as job complexity and range restriction.
- Second, a fascinating study of aberrant personality tendencies and their impact on career outcomes conceptualized using the Five-Factor Model and measured using the NEO PI-R. More evidence that "dark side" personality traits are an important consideration in predicting career trajectories.
The other that just came out is the February 2013 Journal of Applied Social Psychology:
- First, a look at moderators of the relationship between employee weight and job-related outcomes.
- Second, a study that I think has implications for selection: looking at circumstances under which competitors copy their opponents choices. I've observed over and over again that when an employee gets a competing offer, suddenly their attractiveness increases. Perhaps not the same phenomenon, but worth exploring.
- Next, another study of discrimination, this time age discrimination in within- and between-career job changes. Results indicated discrimination against older workers was particularly pronounced when older applicants were making between- rather than within-career changes.
- Okay, I'm sensing a theme to this post. In this study, the authors looked at how the wording of occupational descriptions activates gender stereotypes.
- Finally, something not about discrimination: the authors of this (small N) study found that a perceived aspect of emotional intelligence predicted perceived negotiation success beyond traditional personality traits.
And on that note...until next time!