General Mental Ability, Job Performance, and Red Herrings: Responses to Osterman, Hauser, and Schmitt

Academy of Management Perspectives, November 2007

13 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2014

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Frank L. Schmidt

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Huy Le

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Jonathan A. Shaffer

University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

We respond to the three comments on our recent article in the August issue of Academy of Management Perspectives (Le, Oh, Shaffer, & Schmidt, 2007), which highlights the importance of methodological advances in human resource research. By concentrating on tangential aspects of our article, these comments miss its central points. Further, the comments (by Paul Osterman, Neal Schmitt, and Robert M. Hauser) either involve quibbles and misinterpretations of research evidence or are downright erroneous. We clarify the misunderstandings by providing evidence that is well-established through decades of research in the area of industrial/organizational psychology. By doing so, we re-emphasize that (a) the utility and validity of general mental ability are among the most robust findings in psychological research, (b) such findings were realized by the development of the meta-analysis method, and most important, (c) organizations can benefit greatly by utilizing findings obtained from meta-analysis.

Suggested Citation

Schmidt, Frank L. and Le, Huy and Oh, In-Sue and Shaffer, Jonathan A., General Mental Ability, Job Performance, and Red Herrings: Responses to Osterman, Hauser, and Schmitt (2007). Academy of Management Perspectives, November 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401160

Frank L. Schmidt

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Jonathan A. Shaffer

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