Criteria for Selection of First-Line Supervisors.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This thesis identified criteria with predictive validity for the selection of successful first-time, first-line supervisors. Through meta-analysis it is possible to generalize the validity of predictors across cumulative studies. A validity generalization model, which corrects for artifactual variance, was used to process data from the findings of many previous studies based upon the job performance measurement criterion of first-line supervisors. Analysis revealed two predictors, How Supervise and the General Mental Ability Measures, with substantial validity for predicting successful performance of first-line supervisors. The Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test and the Otis Mental Ability Test also showed relatively high predictive validity however, neither form of the Leadership Opinion Questionnaire evidenced predictive validity for successful job performance by first-line supervisors. The Wonderlic Personnel Test, although not highly predictive, may be useful in the absence of the other predictors. These findings may be of value to middle managers during the selection process in identifying promotion candidates with potential for successful performance as first-time, first-line supervisors.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations