Accession Number:

ADA037534

Title:

Person/Situation Selection Research: The Problem of Identifying Salient Situational Dimensions.

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.,

Corporate Author:

MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

A persistent problem in conducting personsituation selection research has been the identification of relevant dimensions or features of the situation. The usual strategy of asking organizational employees to respond to a set of predetermined questions as the preferred methodology for discovering relevant perceptual dimensions of organizational life is questioned and an alternative, the open-ended interview, is proposed. Sixty-seven employees were interviewed and taped and responded to a questionnaire. Fifteen interview content categories were identified and all interviews were coded for a mention of the issue frequency, b importance of the issue, and c affect with which the issue was raised. Interviews were reliably interrater coded only coding for affect converged with questionnaire responses. Only 4 of the 15 issues were mentioned by 60 percent or more of the interviewees.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE