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ISBN-13: 978-0805860238 ISBN-10: 0805860231 Edition: 2nd

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"Guion has an excellent grasp of the history of the field, and his experiences afford him a very good position to identify and discuss current and future challenges. All those audiences that Guion intends to reach (graduate students and professionals in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and related disciplines) should listen to and consider his recommendations." - Jay C. Thomas and Paul Michael, Pacific University, USA, in PsycCRITIQUES

"Robert Guion is one of the smartest and most knowledgeable Industrial Organizational psychologists. His chapters have all of the generally accepted theoretical perspectives and practical implications, but go beyond them and offer his extremely insightful comments." - Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

"Imagine getting a private tutorial from Joe DiMaggio on how to play baseball. What an extraordinary learning opportunity from the renowned master of the game it would be! For 50 years Bob Guion has been the voice of authority within industrial/organizational psychology on personnel decisions. When the best in the business offer us their talents, it behooves us to listen and learn, and to appreciate the moment." - Paul. M Muchinsky, Joseph M Bryan Distinguished Professor of Business, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"The book is remarkably comprehensive, beautifully written, full of wisdom about the topics, and useful to academics, students and practitioners." - Walter C. Borman, University of South Florida, USA

"The focus and approach of this book are absolutely relevant to current scholarship and research in this field, featuring numerous cutting-edge summaries as well as important pieces of guidance for future research. The new chapter 10 summarizes recent research in five "hottest" personnel assessment and decision research areas." - Mo Wang, University of Maryland, USA

"Guion describes ideas for many dozens of research studies that will better inform and invigorate our field for years to come. You know the information contained in this book is correct!" - Neil Schmitt, Michigan State University, USA

"The new edition of Assessment, Measurement, and Prediction for Personnel Decisions puts the process of making personnel decisions in context and challenges the reader to think in new ways about the problems of measurement in organizational settings. Regardless of the number of years you have worked in this field or the number of times you have read past editions of this book, you will learn something new. Carefully written, profoundly wise, and often amusing, this book is essential and a pleasure to read." - Nancy T. Tippins, Valtera Corporation, Greenville, SC, USA

"Imagine, if you will, an internet site called Bob’s Blog, where he expresses his likes and dislikes about current work in selection. For example, "…I’m always a tad uncomfortable with talk about theory. Too often what passes for theory seems to me merely facile verbalism." Reading Guion’s assessment book gives me a feeling similar to the moment when binoculars come into focus or when a pair of jeans fits just right. It’s a feeling of satisfaction that things are somehow the way they ought to be. This book provides an up-to-date coverage of a broad range of topics related to personnel selection along with good practical advice." - Michael Brannick, University of South Florida, USA

"Dr. Bob Guion has been one of the leading international figures in personnel decision-making for many decades. There is a reason for this – he understands the topic area well and writes about it clearly and in an impressively informed way. This book covers all of the essentials. I expect it to be the perfect companion for students of work and organisational psychology who want to develop a thorough understanding of personnel decision-making – and to be an essential for psychologists who work in the field, whether they are researchers, teachers, practitioners, or all three!" -Ivan Robertson PhD, CPsychol, Director, Robertson Cooper Ltd, Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology Leeds University Business School, UK

About the Author

Robert M. Guion is the father of the IO field. His book will be purchased just because he is the top name in this field of assessment and measurement. We are lucky he had the discipline and will power to revise his very successful book on this topic.

Bob received his PhD from Purdue University in 1952 (under C. H. Lawshe). He has taught at UC Berkeley and mostly Bowling Green all his life. He is the father of the EEOC (equal employment act) adopted in our country in 1968. His longstanding belief is that those who study organizational environments, leadership and aspects of work motivation all must pay greater heed to competence in measurement if they are to work toward the development of a fundamental, generalizable science that will promote human welfare at work.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805860231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805860238
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By jomo on February 18, 2012
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For a text book I am highly enjoying reading this. Robert Guion writes an extremely interesting book on something that may seem very dry to most readers, he adds a lot of editorials in the footnotes of his experiences and opinions on the topics. He is very comprehensive on the information in the field of industrial organizational psychology and being a masters student in that probably helps in the fact that I enjoy reading this book, but it does stand out among others. It may seem a little opinionated in parts and sounds more conversational, but all of the information is presented even if Guion does not agree with it and it also makes it a far more interesting read than just objective information. I would recommend this book if you are interested or in the I/O psych field. I'm currently taking personnel psychology and find it very applicable to the class.
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This is the second edition of Robert Guion's exhaustive treatment of personnel assessment. The author targets three audiences: graduate students in industrial and organizational psychology or human resources; professionals educated in other disciplines who find themselves performing personnel selection tasks; and practicing personnel selection professionals who want to keep up with their field and question its assumptions. His goal is help these audiences make good decisions about membership and staffing in organizations using the best tools developed by science and professional practice.

The fifteen chapters are grouped into three sections. The first addresses fundamental concepts and contexts of measurement. Topics include the legal environment that shapes selection decisions, methods for analyzing jobs and organizational needs, and conceptual machinery to investigate the relationship between applicant characteristics and job performance. Chapters in the second section cover statistical and psychometric methods. These topics range from basic concepts of score variation and reliability through more advanced multivariate techniques and procedures for investigating bias and group differences. The final section covers making selection decisions with specific tools such as tests, ratings, and interviews. There is a wealth of valuable information.

Guion's book is an essential reference for selection professionals. It introduces the fundamentals of measurement and brings readers up to date on the latest developments. Chapter 10, Challenges to Traditional Ways, has been added since the first edition and discusses a number of new developments in computer-based testing, test item development, and individual assessment.
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By D C on March 10, 2015
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Like all staples, the book packs a punch in terms of quality of content and readability.
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