The impact of research synthesis methods on industrial–organizational psychology: The road from pessimism to optimism about cumulative knowledge
Article first published online: 29 MAR 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Research Synthesis Methods
Volume 1, Issue 3-4, pages 185–197, July - December 2010
How to Cite
DeGeest, D. S. and Schmidt, F. L. (2010), The impact of research synthesis methods on industrial–organizational psychology: The road from pessimism to optimism about cumulative knowledge. Res. Synth. Method, 1: 185–197. doi: 10.1002/jrsm.22
- Issue published online: 17 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 29 MAR 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 6 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: 6 SEP 2010
- industrial–organizational psychology;
- validity generalization;
- research synthesis
This paper presents an account of the impact that research synthesis methods, in the form of psychometric meta-analysis, has had on industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology. This paper outlines the central contributions of psychometric meta-analysis in providing a method for developing cumulative knowledge. First, this paper describes the concerns and the state of the field before the development of meta-analytic methods. Second, the paper explains how meta-analysis addressed these concerns. Third, the paper details the development of psychometric meta-analysis through VG research and describes how the use of psychometric meta-analysis spread to other topic areas in the field. Finally, the paper presents illustrative example literatures, such as training and leadership, where meta-analysis had crucial impacts. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.