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Assessment, Measurement, and Prediction for Personnel Decisions

2nd Edition

By Robert M. Guion

© 2011 – Routledge

630 pages

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Robert Guion’s best seller is now available in this new second edition. This noted book offers a comprehensive and practical view of assessment –based personnel decisions not available elsewhere in a single source. This edition more frankly evaluates the current research and practice and presents challenges that will change the basic thinking about staffing systems.

This new edition suggests new directions for research and practice, includes emphasis on modern computers and technology useful in assessment, and pays more attention to prediction of individual growth and globalization challenges in the assessment process. The book will be of interest to faculty and students in Industrial Organizational psychology, human resource management and business. IO psychologists in private business and public sector organizations who have responsibilities for staffing and an interest in measurement and statistics will find this book useful.


"Guion has an excellent grasp of the history of the field, and his experiences afford him a very good position to identify and discuss current and future challenges. All those audiences that Guion intends to reach (graduate students and professionals in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and related disciplines) should listen to and consider his recommendations." - Jay C. Thomas and Paul Michael, Pacific University, USA, in PsycCRITIQUES

"Robert Guion is one of the smartest and most knowledgeable Industrial Organizational psychologists. His chapters have all of the generally accepted theoretical perspectives and practical implications, but go beyond them and offer his extremely insightful comments." - Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

"Imagine getting a private tutorial from Joe DiMaggio on how to play baseball. What an extraordinary learning opportunity from the renowned master of the game it would be! For 50 years Bob Guion has been the voice of authority within industrial/organizational psychology on personnel decisions. When the best in the business offer us their talents, it behooves us to listen and learn, and to appreciate the moment." - Paul. M Muchinsky, Joseph M Bryan Distinguished Professor of Business, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The book is remarkably comprehensive, beautifully written, full of wisdom about the topics, and useful to academics, students and practitioners." - Walter C. Borman, University of South Florida, USA

"The focus and approach of this book are absolutely relevant to current scholarship and research in this field, featuring numerous cutting-edge summaries as well as important pieces of guidance for future research. The new chapter 10 summarizes recent research in five "hottest" personnel assessment and decision research areas." - Mo Wang, University of Maryland, USA

"Guion describes ideas for many dozens of research studies that will better inform and invigorate our field for years to come. You know the information contained in this book is correct!" - Neil Schmitt, Michigan State University, USA

"The new edition of Assessment, Measurement, and Prediction for Personnel Decisions puts the process of making personnel decisions in context and challenges the reader to think in new ways about the problems of measurement in organizational settings. Regardless of the number of years you have worked in this field or the number of times you have read past editions of this book, you will learn something new. Carefully written, profoundly wise, and often amusing, this book is essential and a pleasure to read." - Nancy T. Tippins, Valtera Corporation, Greenville, SC, USA

"Imagine, if you will, an internet site called Bob’s Blog, where he expresses his likes and dislikes about current work in selection. For example, "…I’m always a tad uncomfortable with talk about theory. Too often what passes for theory seems to me merely facile verbalism." Reading Guion’s assessment book gives me a feeling similar to the moment when binoculars come into focus or when a pair of jeans fits just right. It’s a feeling of satisfaction that things are somehow the way they ought to be. This book provides an up-to-date coverage of a broad range of topics related to personnel selection along with good practical advice." - Michael Brannick, University of South Florida, USA

"Dr. Bob Guion has been one of the leading international figures in personnel decision-making for many decades. There is a reason for this – he understands the topic area well and writes about it clearly and in an impressively informed way. This book covers all of the essentials. I expect it to be the perfect companion for students of work and organisational psychology who want to develop a thorough understanding of personnel decision-making – and to be an essential for psychologists who work in the field, whether they are researchers, teachers, practitioners, or all three!" -Ivan Robertson PhD, CPsychol, Director, Robertson Cooper Ltd, Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology Leeds University Business School, UK

Table of Contents

Part 1. Foundations for Personnel Decisions. 1. Membership Decisions in Organizations. 2. Analysis of Selection Problems. 3. Developing the Predictive Hypothesis. 4. The Legal Context for Personnel Decisions. Part 2. Psychometric and Statistical Foundations 5. Basic Concepts in Measurement. 6. Further Concepts in Measurement. 7. Bivariate Prediction of Performance. 8. The Use of Multivariate Statistics. 9. Bias, Group Differences, and Adverse Impact. Part 3. Assessment Methods: Practice and Research 10. Challenges to Traditional Ways. 11. Assessments by Tests and Inventories. 12. Judgement as Assessment and Prediction. 13. Assessment by Rating. 14. Assessment by Interviews, Resumes, and "Assembled Tests." 15. Multiple Assessment Methods.

About the Author

Robert M. Guion is the father of the IO field. Bob received his PhD from Purdue University in 1952 (under C. H. Lawshe). He has taught at UC Berkeley and mostly Bowling Green all his life. He is the father of the EEOC (equal employment act) adopted in our country in 1968. His longstanding belief is that those who study organizational environments, leadership and aspects of work motivation all must pay greater heed to competence in measurement if they are to work toward the development of a fundamental, generalizable science that will promote human welfare at work.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management