Accession Number : ADA298629

Title :   Differential Assignment Theory Sourcebook.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 91-Jul 93,

Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF SPONSORED RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, Cecil D. ; Zeldner, Joseph

PDF Url : ADA298629

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : Differential Assignment Theory (DAT) is presented as an alternative to other current theories that pertain to personnel selection and classification, but, unlike DAT, do not provide a basis of optimism for the successful development and implementation of both selection and classification-efficient operational systems. Data focuses on the research and development of systems that can effectively accomplish: (1) selection from a common pool of applicants, and (2) the subsequent optimal assignment of selected individuals to one of a number of alternative job families. The other theories at least implicitly assume that separate applicant pools exist for each assignment destination, thus permitting the evaluation of test batteries and assignment effect of the intercorrelations among selection and assignment variables. DAT is described in terms of its assumptions, concepts, and the more than 30 principles that have been hypothesized and partially tested within the context of research on DAT relevant to selection and/or classification of personnel. The authors believe that true or more accurate descriptions of the interrelations among selected variables particularly relevant to selection and classification of personnel, including system, predictor, and criterion variables, are reflected in these principles. This report provides a source of such facts and concepts useful to the design of both research efforts and operational systems that have potential for the improvement of selection and/or classification policies, strategies, procedures, and total systems.

Descriptors :   *JOBS, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *CLASSIFICATION, *PERSONNEL SELECTION, SIMULATION, OPTIMIZATION, POLICIES, PREDICTIONS, THEORY, FAMILY MEMBERS, ACCURACY, VARIABLES, SAMPLING, ALLOCATIONS, PERSONNEL, ARMY OPERATIONS, APTITUDE TESTS.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE