The influence of general cognitive ability, personality and social skill on job performance : a predictive validity study of engineers working with a toy manufacturing company in the People's Republic of China

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The influence of general cognitive ability, personality and social skill on job performance : a predictive validity study of engineers working with a toy manufacturing company in the People's Republic of China

 

Author: Tam, Wai-mou Vincent
Title: The influence of general cognitive ability, personality and social skill on job performance : a predictive validity study of engineers working with a toy manufacturing company in the People's Republic of China
Degree: D.B.A.
Year: 2004
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Intelligence tests
Personality tests
Performance -- Measurement
Social skills
Cognition
Department: Graduate School of Business
Pages: x, 178 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1800295
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4674
Abstract: The primary objective of personnel selection is to predict future job performance (Schmidt and Hunter, l998). Two important individual differences for personnel selection that had been studied extensively by researchers in the United States and Europe are general cognitive ability and personality (Sackett, Gruys and Ellingson, 1998). Social skill is hypothesized as one moderator of the individual difference - job performance relationship (Hogan and Shelton, 1998). This research attempted to empirically test the relevance of these performance inputs for engineers working with a toy manufacturer in the People's Republic of China. Multi source data was collected from engineers who provided ratings of the antecedents of performance and supervisors who assessed the engineers’ performance on four dimensions: job, innovator, team and organization. The results did not support the general cognitive ability - job performance relationship. Apart from extraversion, other personality traits did not exhibit predictive validity. Social skill was a strong predictor of all four performance dimensions. It also moderated the general cognitive ability - job performance relationship but not the personality - job performance relationships. Possible explanations for above findings are proposed. Contributions of the research, implications of the findings to human resource management and directions for future research are discussed.

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