Investigating the Dimensionality of Job Performance and Its Relationship to Human Attributes using a Sample of U.S. Army Special Forces Candidates

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Title: Investigating the Dimensionality of Job Performance and Its Relationship to Human Attributes using a Sample of U.S. Army Special Forces Candidates
Author: Thompson, John Alexander
Advisors: Mark A. Wilson, Committee Chair
Abstract: The two primary research objectives of this study were to look at (a) how different dimensions of job performance (i.e., task and team player) may influence overall performance and (b) how three human attributes (i.e., GMA, personality, and biodata) may explain variance in job performance. To achieve these objectives the current study used 256 U.S. Army soldiers attending the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) course. There were four research findings in the present study that are particularly noteworthy. Two of the reported findings support the first objective while the final two results support the second objective. First, team player performance was highly significant at predicting overall job performance where task performance was only marginally significant to nonsignificant. Second, the peer assessment method (i.e., rating and ranking) used to measure overall job performance significantly influenced the relationship the two dimensions of job performance had with overall job performance. Third, there was a moderate relationship between personality and biodata and a nonsignificant relationship between the GMA construct and either personality or biodata constructs. Finally, only the ability construct (i.e., GMA) significantly explained variance in job performance (i.e., task performance).
Date: 2005-01-05
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Psychology
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/3524


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