Accession Number:

ADA229106

Title:

Performance Utility and Optimal Job Assignment

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The Army is currently conducting a long-term research project to improve the ability to predict enlisted soldier performance. Also, a new Enlisted Personnel Allocation System EPAS is being developed to enhance the effectiveness with which performance information is used to match recruits with Army MOS. To maximize the payoff to the Army of the available manpower pool, the assignment system must consider not only the level at which a recruit will perform in different jobs, but also the utility to the Army of each potential combination of performance level and job. This paper describes a series of simulations undertaken to assess how different models of performance utility will affect the manpower distributions produced by an optimal assignment system. The results show that a the use of performance utility in optimal assignment can produce performance gains equal to those achieved when utility is ignored, while simultaneously providing a more balanced distribution of performance across jobs and b specifications in which performance value depends on the mean level of performance seem to produce better results than those that assume constant marginal value. RWJ

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE