THE JOB DIMENSIONS OF 'WORKER ORIENTED' JOB VARIABLES AND OF THEIR ATTRIBUTE PROFILES AS BASED ON DATA FROM THE POSITION ANALYSIS QUESTIONNAIRE.
PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IND OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER
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The study was designed to investigate the hypothesis that there is some structure underlying the domain of human work, and that this structure can be defined in terms of one or more sets of job dimensions. The basic approach to the derivation of these dimensions involved the characterization of job activities and work situations in behavioral or worker-oriented terms using a job analysis instrument known as the Position Analysis Questionnaire PAQ. Two major data sources were developed and structured in terms of the behavioral job elements comprising the PAQ. One set of data consisted of 536 jobs analyzed with the PAQ, while the second set of data consisted of the ratings of the relevance of 67 different human attributes to each of the job activities and work situations described in the PAQ. Three different multivariate procedures were used to construct several sets of job dimensions. There were noticeable similarities between all of the dimensions, and it was concluded that there is a certain structure to the world of work that can be identified. Implications for the use of such dimensions, particularly in the synthetic validity context, are noted. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations