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1st Edition

The Handbook of Work Analysis
Methods, Systems, Applications and Science of Work Measurement in Organizations

ISBN 9781138107663
Published May 31, 2017 by Routledge
818 Pages

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Book Description

This new handbook, with contributions from experts around the world, is the most comprehensive treatise on work design and job analysis practice and research in over 20 years. The handbook, dedicated to Sidney Gael, is the next generation of Gael’s successful Job Analysis Handbook for Business, Industry and Government, published by Wiley in 1988. It consists of four parts: Methods, Systems, Applications and Research/Innovations. Finally, a tightly integrated, user-friendly handbook, of interest to students, practitioners and researchers in the field of Industrial Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management. 

Sample Chapter available:

Chapter 24, Training Needs Assessment by Eric A. Surface is available for download.

Table of Contents

E.A. Fleishman, J.N. Cleveland, Series Foreword. Part 1: Work Analysis Methods. M.A. Wilson, Part 1 Introduction: Work Analysis Methods. M.A. Wilson, Methodological Decisions in Work Analysis: A Theory of Effective Work Analysis in Organizations. T. Powell, M. Woodhouse, N. Guenole, Selling Work Analysis. E. Johnson Guder, Identifying Appropriate Sources of Work Information. D. Van De Voort, T. Whelan, Work Analysis Questionnaires and Interviews. E. Dierdorff, Using Secondary Sources of Work Information to Improve Work Analysis. R.J. Harvey, Analyzing Work Analysis Data. E.L. Levine, J.I. Sanchez, Evaluating Work Analysis in the 21st Century. A. Gutman, E.M. Dunleavy, Documenting Work Analysis Projects: A Review of Strategy and Legal Defensibility for Personnel Selection. Part 2: Work Analysis Systems. S. Gwaltney Gibson, Part 2 Introduction: Work Analysis Systems. M.A. Wilson, J.W. Cunningham, Important Contributors to Job Analysis in the 20th and Early 21st Century. M.A. Rosen, E. Salas, E.H. Lazzara, R. Lyons, Cognitive Task Analysis: Methods for Capturing and Leveraging Expertise in the Workplace. D.J. Gillian, Five Questions Concerning Task Analysis. S. Gwaltney Gibson, Generalized Work Dimension Analysis. J.J. Caughron, M. Mumford, E.A. Fleishman, The Fleishman Job Analysis Survey (F-JAS): Development, Validation, and Applications. J. Foster, B. Gaddis, J. Hogan, Personality-Based Job Analysis. S.F. Cronshaw, Functional Job Analysis. J.D. Levine, F.L. Oswald, O-Net: The Occupational Information Network. R. Poncheri Harman, Context Analysis. Part 3: Work Analysis Applications. G. Alliger, Part 3 Introduction: Work Analysis Applications. A.M. DuVernet, Using Job Analytic Information to (Re)Design Jobs: Best Practices and Methods. G.M. Hurtz, C.W. Wright, Designing Work Descriptions to Maximize the Utility of Employee Recruitment Efforts. D.A. Biddle, J.E. Kuthy, Using Job Analysis as the Foundation for Creating Equal Employment Opportunity in the Workplace. D. Doverspike, W. Arthur, Jr., The Role of Job Analysis in Test Selection and Development. D.L. Whetzel, M. McDaniel, J.M. Pollack, Work Simulations. S.G. Roch, K. Williams, Building Effective Performance Appraisals from an Analysis of Work. E.A. Surface, Training Needs Assessment: Aligning Learning and Capability with Performance Requirements and Organizational Objectives. R.J. Harvey,  Compensation. S.G. Atkins, Career Planning: The Role of Work Analysis in the Work of Your Organization's Career Development Manager. B.M. Stone, R. Vasquez Maury, Using Job Analysis Data to Perform Activity-Based Utility Analysis: Enhancement of a Technology. D.L. Sandall, J. Henderson, R. Reiter-Palmon, M. Brown, S.R. Homan, A Comprehensive, Interactive, Web-based Approach to Job Analysis: The SkillsNET Methodology. Part 4: Work Analysis Research and Innovation. W. Bennett, Jr., S. Tsacoumis, Part 4 Introduction: Work Analysis Research and Innovation. R.J. Harvey, M.A. Wilson, What and Who? Research and Conclusions on Two of the Most Important Questions in Job Analysis. F.P. Morgeson, M.A. Campion, A Framework of Potential Sources of Inaccuracy in Job Analysis. G.M. Alliger, R. Beard, W. Bennett, Jr., C. Colegrove, Understanding Mission Essential Competencies as a Job Analysis Method. T.R. Gordon, M.D. Coovert, L.R. Elliott, Integrating Cognitive Task Analysis and Verbal Protocol Analysis: A Typology for Describing Jobs. W. Arthur, Jr., A.J. Villado, W. Bennett, Jr., Innovations in Team Task Analysis: Identifying Team–Based Task Elements, Tasks, and Jobs.  C.E. Lance, T. Lambert Griggs, R.B. Gould, Development and Evaluation of a Task Taxonomy To Support Research on Cross-Job Transferability of Skills. P.W. Foltz, R.J. Oberbreckling, R.D. Laham, Analyzing Job and Occupational Content Using Latent Semantic Analysis. R. Lyons, P. Musaeus, E. Salas, K.A. Wilson, The Science and Practice of Job Analysis Abroad. W. Bennett, Jr., G.M. Alliger, M.A. Wilson, S.G. Gibson, Concluding Thoughts: Challenges and Opportunities in Work Analysis.

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Dr. Mark A. Wilson, Associate Professor of Psychology, NC State University, joined the faculty in 1992. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Wartburg College (1975), an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1978), and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio State University (1983).

While completing the Ph.D., he served as Project Coordinator, Technical Director, and Senior Research Associate for Organizational Research and Development Inc. on a comprehensive human-resource research project involving human-resource planning, job analysis, selection (managerial assessment centers), performance appraisal, and compensation for a market- leading insurance company. The experience drastically altered his view of the field and his research interests. It was while working on the project that he developed his interest in the integration of human-resource systems, comprehensive job analysis, his dedication to the scientist-practitioner model and the problems of practitioners, and his love for fieldwork.

He has always been interested in work measurement issues, models of human job performance in organizations, and research methods. He has consulted and conducted research extensively with numerous large organizations in both the private and public sectors. He has taught graduate and undergraduate management courses as an Assistant Professor at both Texas Tech University (1981-1985) and Iowa State University of Science and Technology (1985-1992). In 1999, he was made an honorary member of the United States Army Special Forces. In 2006, he was appointed editor of Ergometrika (The Journal of Work Measurement Research).

Dr. Winston "Wink" Bennett, Jr. is a Senior Research Psychologist and Technical Advisor for continuous learning and performance assessment research with the Air Force Research Laboratory Human Effectiveness Directorate in Dayton Ohio. He is a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory and is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Wink and his team conduct and support core collaborative research programs and has garnered over $100M in outside funding investment. He and the team are actively involved in research related to performance evaluation, personnel assessment, training requirements identification, and quantifying the impact of organizational interventions - such as interactive, high fidelity immersive simulation environments and job redesign/restructuring and training systems impacts on individual, team, and organizational learning and effectiveness. Wink maintains an active presence in the international research community through his work on various professional committees and his contributions in professional journals and forums. He has published over 90 research articles, textbooks, chapters, and technical reports in the Human Factors, Aviation, Industrial and Organizational Psychology literatures. He serves as a contributing editor and/or as a reviewer for several professional journals. His involvement with the larger psychological research community ensures that communication amongst international military, industry and academic researchers remains consistent and of the highest quality.

Shanan Gwaltney Gibson (Ph.D., Virginia Tech) is an Associate Professor of Management at East Carolina University. Shanan’s research focuses on topics relevant to human resources and organizational development including work analysis, entrepreneurship and technology in organizations. She currently serves as a member of the Social Security Administration’s Occupational Information Development Advisory Panel. Active in several professional organizations such as the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the Small Business Institute, and the Southeastern Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Shanan is also an Associate Editor of the Small Business Institute® Journal. Shanan received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Virginia Tech.

George M. Alliger is Vice President of Solutions for the Group for Organizational Effectiveness, Incorporated (gOE). He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University.

Dr. Alliger has conducted research and published extensively in the area of training, including issues of methods and analysis. His meta-analytic research into training evaluation led to a reexamination of the assumption of convergence among different training measures and won the first annual "Best Research Paper" award from the American Society for Training and Development. He has managed numerous job analyses, training evaluation, test development, and performance certification projects. For over a decade he taught training, evaluation, and statistics as Assistant and Associate Professor the State University of New York at Albany, where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.

Dr. Alliger helped develop the architecture for establishing Mission Essential Competencies (MECs) that has been widely adopted by the US Air Force and is now in use by the US Navy. Research from this program won the 2008 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace, presented by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


"A valuable work for human resource and work analysis practitioners and researchers. Highly recommended." - G. E. Kaupins, Boise State University, USA, in CHOICE

"When applying some of the new methods described in this book, our research results receive attention from frontline fighter pilots as well as generals, while they at the same time are being accepted in scientific publications. For me, this is strong evidence that the knowledge and insights presented through this book results in top quality research tools. The book is thus an excellent foundation for any work analysis effort." - Martin Castor, Ph.D., Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden

"This handbook addressees a central, indeed arguable ‘the’central topic in industrial and organizational psychology and human resource management. Job (or Work) Analysis is the foundation of most human resource procedures and goals, from strategy linked selection and training to goal setting, performance review, feedback and continuous improvement. This handbook intends to give state-of-the-art guidance to practitioners and students about how to conduct reliable and valid job and work analyses to ensure a solid foundation for I/O and HR practice."- Manuel London, SUNY Stonybrook, New York

"This comprehensive handbook is destined to become a classic." - Gavriel Salvendy, Purdue University and Tsinghua University,China

"Work analysis is at the core of personnel psychology. This volume provides a comprehensive description of job analysis concepts, techniques, and practices that brings to us the leading experts in the field, providing a definitive view of the methods, systems, applications, and research on the topic. This is a great volume that needs to be read by scientists and practitioners interested in job analysis and, more generally, personnel and I/O psychology." - Walter C. Borman, Psychology Department, University of South Florida