Investigating the construct validity of a development assessment centre

Show simple item record Brits, Nadia M. Meiring, Deon Becker, Jurgen 2014-05-16T11:48:54Z 2014-05-16T11:48:54Z 2013-11-14
dc.description.abstract ORIENTATION : The assessment centre (AC) is a prominent measurement tool for selection and development. RESEARCH PURPOSE : The aim of this study was to determine the construct validity of a one-day development assessment centre (DAC) using a convenience sample of 202 managers in a large South African banking institution. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY : Although the AC method is popular, it has been widely criticised as to whether it predominantly measures the dimensions it is designed to measure. RESEARCH DESIGN, APPROACH AND METHOD : The fit of the measurement models implied by the dimensions measured was analysed in a quantitative study using an ex post facto correlation design and structural equation modelling. MAIN FINDINGS: Bi-factor confirmatory factor analysis was used to assess the relative contribution of higher-order exercise and dimension effects. Empirical under-identification stemming from the small number of exercises designed to reflect designated latent dimensions restricted the number of DAC dimensions that could be evaluated. Ultimately, only one global dimension had enough measurement points and was analysed. The results suggested that dimension effects explained the majority of variance in the post-exercise dimension ratings. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS : Candidates’ proficiency on each dimension was used as the basis for development reports. The validity of inferences holds important implications for candidates’ career development and growth. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE ADD : The authors found only one study on construct validity of AC dimensions in the South African context. The present study is the first use the bi-factor approach. This study will consequently contribute to the scarce AC literature in South Africa. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Brits, N.M., Meiring, D., & Becker, J.R. (2013). Investigating the construct validity of a development assessment centre. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology/SA Tydskrif vir Bedryfsielkunde, 39(1), Art. #1092, 11 pages. 10.4102/sajip.v39i1.1092 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1012-277X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2224-7890 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/sajip.v39i1.1092
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dc.publisher Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering en_US
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dc.subject Construct validity en_US
dc.subject Development assessment centre en_US
dc.subject Development assessment centre (DAC) en_US
dc.subject Assessment centre (AC) en_US
dc.title Investigating the construct validity of a development assessment centre en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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