Assessment Centers in Human Resource Management

Strategies for Prediction, Diagnosis, and Development

By George C. Thornton III, Deborah E. Rupp

© 2005 – Psychology Press

382 pages

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About the Book

The theme permeating this book on assessment centers is "continuity and change", describing what has remained the same and what has changed in the 50-year history of the assessment center method. One of the important changes explored is the evolution of the goals of assessment center programs and the ways in which assessment centers and their component parts have been used. Assessment Centers in Human Resource Management clearly differentiates between assessment centers used for prediction, diagnoses, and development.

In addition, this book explores:

  • assessment centers and human resource management;
  • court cases involving assessment centers;
  • innovations in assessment center operations;
  • cross-cultural considerations including diversity of the workforce; and
  • assessor training.

The target audience for the text includes students who are learning about assessment centers, practitioners including human resource managers and consultants who may be considering the implementation of assessment centers, and academicians who are researching the method and wish to understand current issues.


"Thorton and Rupp's current work demonstrated that the application of assessment centers has broadened considerably from their initial application as a tool for selecting managers and leaders….especially thorough in documenting the successful broadening of assessment centers to DACs. It is hard not to appreciate the care and conscientiousness the authors give to their subject."


"This volume is an exceptionally clear, straightforward, yet thorough exposition of all the ins and outs of assessment center methods. It is meticulously grounded in wide ranging theory and research and very up-to-date….It brings together a host of information in a palatable way. It's an invaluable teaching and reference tool that professors, students, and practitioners will want to keep handy."

Ann Howard

Development Dimensions International

Table of Contents

Contents: J.N. Cleveland, E.A. Fleishman, Series Foreword. Preface. Assessment Centers in Human Resource Management. Case Studies of Assessment Centers in Operation. Basic Requirements of an Assessment Center. Taking a Closer Look at Developmental Assessment Centers. Behavioral Dimensions: The Building Blocks of Assessment Centers. Simulation Exercises. The Role of Individual Assessors: Observing, Recording, Classifying, and Scaling Behavior. The Role of the Group of Assessors: Integration of Assessment Information. Providing Feedback of Assessment Center Results. Varieties of Validity Evidence for Assessment Centers. Assessment Centers, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Strategies. Assessment Centers: A Look Back and a Look Forward. Appendices: Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations. References to Employment Discrimination Cases Involving Assessment Centers.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology