Validation of the IRJ (Instantaneous Report on Judgments) Procedure for Analyzing the Rating Process,
TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN
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What seems to be a new trend in industrialorganizational psychology is to examine the decision-making processes in performance appraisal. It appears to be a fad in the sense that only very recently researchers have seriously considered process issues, and despite the recency of this awakening, almost everyone seems to be doing it. This is evidenced by the proliferation of process-oriented symposia at the latest American Psychological Association meeting 1982. Like most fads, the value of this approach has been accepted uncritically, and like most participants in fads, researchers are jumping into studies with paradigms borrowed from other areas and disciplines e.g., social cognition, policy capturing without examining their fit to the unique specifications of the appraisal task. This paper addresses the issue of paradigm fit by testing the validity of a specific paradigm and assessing its value for gaining insight into rating accuracy.