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Staffing Organizations

Contemporary Practice and Theory, 3rd Edition

By Robert E. Ployhart, Benjamin Schneider, Neal Schmitt

CRC Press

688 pages

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Staffing Organizations: Contemporary Practice and Theory, the new third edition of a classic in the field, shows how organizations of all sizes can use effective staffing procedures as a source of sustained competitive advantage. Practically, the book shows how to choose, develop, and administer effective staffing procedures, including conducting job analyses, defining and measuring job performance, identifying predictors of performance that are both valid and legally defensible, and using this information to make sound hiring decisions. All three authors are active practitioners and recommendations based on their experiences are interwoven throughout the chapters. The authors are also grounded in a scientific, conceptual perspective that informs what they say and do in the staffing area. They review cutting-edge theory and research in diverse areas of importance to the practice of staffing, and identify scientific advances as well as areas that should be informed by additional research.

Examples of such cutting-edge issues include:

*multilevel staffing models linking individual, group, and organizational levels;

*comprehensive consideration of diversity and cross-cultural challenges;

*the opportunities and challenges of the use of information technology in staffing;

*the legal, professional, and ethical challenges facing staffing practitioners;

*modern statistical approaches (e.g., structural equation modeling, item response theory, hierarchical linear modeling); and

*integrated models of staffing predictors and frameworks for understanding predictor and criterion spaces.

Each chapter contains real-world examples and illustrations, a discussion of best practices, practical recommendations, and directions for future research. In doing so, Staffing Organizations: Contemporary Practice and Theory is a modern version of a genuine classic.


"This third edition will maintain the book's status as a landmark text. The updated literature and latest statistical techniques provide a rich source of information that is valuable as a textbook and a reference. The book is useful for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, not to mention scholars and researchers."

Manuel London

State University of New York at Stony Brook

"This book is very thorough. It is very up-to-date on current research. I particularly liked the first chapter. It provided an historical overview of the importance of staffing that one is not likely to find elsewhere."

Timothy Judge

University of Florida

"I could easily see adopting this text for my graduate selection course. I like the newer data and analytic techniques such as SEM, IRT, and HLM…The overall organization of the book is a great feature. The chapters are logically organized and provide the reader with a clear sense of what the important topics are, why they are important, and where the field may head in the future."

Ronald S. Landis

Tulane University

Table of Contents

Contents: Series Foreword.Preface. Introduction. Measurement Concepts and Data Analytic Tools. Job Analysis. Performance and Criterion Development. Recruitment: Retention and Attraction. Validation Strategies and Utility. Hiring Procedures: An Overview. Hiring Procedures I: Cognitive Ability and Certification Exams. Hiring Procedures II: Personality Tests, Affective Measures, Interests, and Biodata. Hiring Procedures III: Interviews, Performance-Based Tests, Simulations, and Physical Ability. The Practice of Staffing: Legal, Professional, and Ethical Concerns. Staffing Organizations: Review and Implications.

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