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Interrater agreement of incumbent job specification importance ratings: Rater, occupation, and item effects

Posted on:2004-03-08Degree:Ph.DType:Thesis
University:Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityCandidate:Burnkrant, Steven RFull Text:PDF
Despite the importance of job specifications to much of industrial and organizational psychology, little is known of their reliability or validity. Because job specifications are developed based on input from subject matter experts, interrater agreement is a necessary condition for their validity. The purpose of the present research is to examine the validity of job specifications by assessing the level of agreement in ratings and the effects of occupational Based on the existing literature, it was hypothesized that (1) agreement will be worse than acceptable levels, (2) agreement will be higher among those with longer tenure, (3) agreement will be lower in more complex occupations, (4) the effect of occupational tenure will be more pronounced in complex than simple occupations, (5) agreement will be higher on more complex occupations. These hypotheses were tested using ratings from 38,041 incumbents in 61 diverse occupations in the Federal government. Consistent with Hypothesis 1, agreement failed to reach acceptable levels in nearly every case, whether measured with the awg or various forms of the rwg agreement indices. However, tenure, whether agreement was measured with rwg or awg. The most likely explanation for these null findings is that the disagreement reflected a coarse classification system that overshadowed subgroups within a single title threatens the content validity of job specifications: the extent to which they include all relevant and predictive KSAOs. Future research must focus on the existence of such subgroups, their consequences, and ways of identifying them.
Keywords/Search Tags:Agreement, Job, Ratings
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