The Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements for Teamwork: Revisiting the Teamwork-KSA Test's Validity

International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2012

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-446

Posted: 28 May 2013  

Thomas O'Neill

Independent

Richard D. Goffin

University of Western Ontario - Psychology

Ian R. Gellatly

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

The Teamwork-Knowledge, Skills, and Ability (KSA) Test was developed by Stevens and Campion to operationalize their comprehensive taxonomy of teamwork competencies. The test is generally considered ‘valid’ and has been used frequently in organizations. Our review of the literature found an average criterion validity of.20 for the Teamwork-KSA Test, although there was considerable variability across studies. We could find no research on the item properties, factor structure, or subscale reliabilities, and no extensive investigations of the nomological net of this test. In our field sample, we found subscale reliabilities to be generally inadequate, no meaningful factor structure, and low predictivenes of employees' performance on team-related dimensions. Although the taxonomy it purports to measure is preeminent, the Teamwork-KSA Test itself may have serious limitations.

Suggested Citation

O'Neill, Thomas and Goffin, Richard D. and Gellatly, Ian R., The Knowledge, Skill, and Ability Requirements for Teamwork: Revisiting the Teamwork-KSA Test's Validity (March 1, 2011). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2012; University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-446. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270692

Richard D. Goffin

University of Western Ontario - Psychology ( email )

London, Ontario
Canada

Ian R. Gellatly

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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