On the Mystery (or Myth) of Challenging Principles and Methods of Validity Generalization (VG) Based on Fragmentary Knowledge and Improper or Outdated Practices of VG

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (2017), 10 (3), 479-485

Fox School of Business Research Paper No. 17-031

9 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2017 Last revised: 11 Sep 2018

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In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

Philip L. Roth

Clemson University - Department of Management

Date Written: September 1, 2017

Abstract

In their recent article, Tett, Hundley, and Christiansen (in press) stated in multiple places (e.g., pp. 7-9) that if there are good reasons to expect moderating effect(s) the application of an overall validity generalization (VG) analysis (meta-analysis) is “moot,” “irrelevant,” “minimally useful,” and “a misrepresentation of the data.” They used multiple examples and, in particular, a hypothetical example about the relationship between agreeableness and job performance. Four noteworthy problems with the above statements, other similar statements elsewhere in the Tett et al. article, and their underlying assumptions are discussed below along with alternative perspectives.

Suggested Citation

Oh, In-Sue and Roth, Philip L., On the Mystery (or Myth) of Challenging Principles and Methods of Validity Generalization (VG) Based on Fragmentary Knowledge and Improper or Outdated Practices of VG (September 1, 2017). Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (2017), 10 (3), 479-485; Fox School of Business Research Paper No. 17-031. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3034285

In-Sue Oh (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

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Philip L. Roth

Clemson University - Department of Management ( email )

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Clemson, SC 29634
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HOME PAGE: http://business.clemson.edu/Managemt/faculty/l3_fac_Roth.html

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