Self-Observer Rating Discrepancies of Managers in Asia: A Study of Derailment Characteristics and Behaviors in Southern and Confucian Asia

International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 18, p. 237-250, 2010

Boston U. School of Management Research Paper No. 2010-23

15 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2010 Last revised: 27 Mar 2012

William A. Gentry

Center for Creative Leadership (Greensboro)

Jeffrey Yip

Claremont Graduate University

Kelly M. Hannum

Center for Creative Leadership (Greensboro)

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Antecedents to self-observer rating discrepancies in multisource instruments have been established at the individual and organizational level. However, research examining cultural antecedents is limited, which is particularly relevant as multisource instruments gain popularity around the world. We investigated multisource ratings of 860 Asian managers from the regions of Southern Asia (n=261) and Confucian Asia (n=599) and analyzed cultural differences in self-observer rating discrepancies. Multivariate regression procedures revealed that the self-observer rating discrepancy was wider for managers from Southern Asia as compared with Confucian Asia. The reason for the discrepancy was driven by managers’ self-ratings being different across cultures than by observer ratings from managers’ bosses, direct reports, or peers; the predictor is related to self-ratings not observer ratings, producing differential self-observer ratings due to self-ratings. We discuss cultural differences in self- and observer ratings within Asia and provide implications for the practice of multisource assessments.

Suggested Citation

Gentry, William A. and Yip, Jeffrey and Hannum, Kelly M., Self-Observer Rating Discrepancies of Managers in Asia: A Study of Derailment Characteristics and Behaviors in Southern and Confucian Asia (2010). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 18, p. 237-250, 2010; Boston U. School of Management Research Paper No. 2010-23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1661134

William A. Gentry

Center for Creative Leadership (Greensboro) ( email )

One Leadership Place
Greensboro, NC 27438-6300
United States

Jeffrey Yip (Contact Author)

Claremont Graduate University

150 E. Tenth Street
Claremont, CA 91711
United States

Kelly M. Hannum

Center for Creative Leadership (Greensboro)

One Leadership Place
Greensboro, NC 27438-6300
United States

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