From the Work One Knows the Worker: A Systematic Review of the Challenges, Solutions, and Steps to Creating Synthetic Validity

21 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006  

Piers D. G. Steel

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business, Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics

Dr. Allen I. Huffcutt

Bradley University - Department of Psychology

John Kammeyer-Mueller

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Abstract

Synthetic validity has been promised as the future for selection, providing an inexpensive, fast, high-quality, legally defensible, and easily administered process. Despite 50 years of development, this promise has yet to be realized. However, recent advances in areas such as validity generalization indicate that synthetic validity is technically feasible and practically achievable. Consolidating new and previous work carried out on two synthetic validity strategies, the job-requirement matrix and job component validity, we review the methodological steps required to build them and provide working examples. Although the resources required for full realization of synthetic validity are large, similar, although larger, projects have been undertaken in the past and in the present, and there is increasing infrastructure to facilitate them in the future.

Suggested Citation

Steel, Piers D. G. and Huffcutt, Dr. Allen I. and Kammeyer-Mueller, John, From the Work One Knows the Worker: A Systematic Review of the Challenges, Solutions, and Steps to Creating Synthetic Validity. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 16-36, March 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=889965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2006.00331.x

Piers D. G. Steel (Contact Author)

University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business, Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics ( email )

Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada
403-220-8428 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://haskayne.ucalgary.ca/profiles/piers-steel

Allen I. Huffcutt

Bradley University - Department of Psychology ( email )

Peoria, IL 61625
United States
309-677-2589 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.bradley.edu/academics/las/psy/drhuffcutt.html

John Kammeyer-Mueller

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Department of Management
Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

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