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ERIC Number: EJ819113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1530-5058
Using Personality Data to Make Decisions about Global Managers
Ramesh, Anuradha; Hazucha, Joy F.; Bank, Jurgen
International Journal of Testing, v8 n4 p346-366 Oct 2008
A major challenge that decisions makers face in multi-national organizations is how to compare managers from different parts of the globe. This challenge is both psychometric and practical. We draw on the cross-cultural psychology literature to propose a three-step framework to compare personality data from different countries. The first step focuses on the psychometric aspects that are relevant to global personality tests. The second step examines the relationship of the personality scale with an external variable. In this study, we identify scales that differentiate between managers and non-managers in each country. The third step compares three methods of creating norms--global norms, country-cluster norms, and local-country norms--to identify the most meaningful approach to comparing individuals globally. We apply this framework to Global Personality Inventory (GPI) data obtained from professionals and managers in 12 diverse countries. Based on the results, we recommend local-country norm(s) rather than global or country-cluster norms, when comparing individuals from different countries on the GPI. Finally, we provide examples of decisions that organizations can make about managers based on this approach. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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