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The overgeneralized validity of validity generalization


Correspondence to: Paul M. Muchinsky, Department of Management, Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina 27411, USA. E-mail:


This Incubator contends that the concept of validity generalization has been overgeneralized in its capacity to predict work performance for three reasons: sampling bias in the occupations selected for analysis, the prediction of acceptable performance to the exclusion of superior performance, and the conflation of statistical prediction and psychological meaning. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.