Is there a general factor in ratings of job performance? a meta-analytic framework for disentangling substantive and error influences

Chockalingam Viswesvaran, Frank L. Schmidt, Deniz S. Ones

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Abstract

A database integrating 90 years of empirical studies reporting intercorrelations among rated job performance dimensions was used to test the hypothesis of a general factor in job performance. After controlling for halo error and 3 other sources of measurement error, there remained a general factor in job performance ratings at the construct level accounting for 60% of total variance. Construct-level correlations among rated dimensions of job performance were substantially inflated by halo for both supervisory (33%) and peer (63%) intrarater correlations These findings have important implications for the measurement of job performance and for theories of job performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-131
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2005

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