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Decision-Making in Selection and Assessment: Implementing Evidence-based Practice and Exploring Innovations

International Journal of Selection and Assessment CALL FOR PAPERS

Decision-Making in Selection and Assessment: Implementing Evidence-based Practice and Exploring Innovations

International Journal of Selection and Assessment

CALL FOR PAPERS

Guest Editors:
Rob R. Meijer, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (r.r.meijer@rug.nl)
A.Susan M. Niessen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands (a.s.m.niessen@rug.nll)

Timeline

  • May 3 2021                             Initial submission deadline
  • July 2021                                 Initial reviews completed and revisions invited
  • October 2021                          Revisions due
  • End of 2021/early 2022          Anticipated publication window

Personnel selection was and still is the ‘Supreme Problem’ of applied psychology. The main question answered by studies on personnel selection is whether scores on tests and assessments predict work behavior. While this research is important, it does not answer the question if the better candidates get hired. This special issue will explore decision-making in selection and assessment procedures.

Findings on holistic or actuarial decision-making are an example of a classic controversy, between science and practice and illustrate that implementing evidence-based practice is difficult. Furthermore, the number of studies aimed at investigating or encouraging evidence-based decision-making in selection practice is scarce. How to make valid selection decisions while satisfying the wishes of stakeholders remains largely unaddressed.

Themes for special issue

We encourage submissions on the following topics (non-exhaustive):

  • Empirical and theoretical contributions aimed at encouraging evidence-based decision-making.
  • Empirical research on interventions to improve decision-making.
  • Contributions on how selection decisions are made in practice, and how can we can use those insights to learn (1) which procedures function well (2) how to improve decision-making.
  • Research on designing decision-making procedures to optimize validity while satisfying stakeholder needs.
  • Contributions on using technology to optimize quality of decision-making and that satisfy stakeholders’ needs and ethical considerations.
  • Contributions on how practitioners’ decision-making competencies are up-to-date and how skills can be improved.

Direct questions to the guest editors. Please review the full call here or contact the guest editors directly.

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