Charles E. Lance, Department of Psychology, The University of Georgia.
Where Have We Been, How Did We Get There, and Where Shall We Go?
Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
2008 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Volume 1, Issue 1, pages 140–146, March 2008
How to Cite
LANCE, C. E. (2008), Where Have We Been, How Did We Get There, and Where Shall We Go?. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1: 140–146. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9434.2007.00028.x
This work was supported in part by National Institute on Aging Grant 5R01AG15321-10, Gail M. Williamson principal investigator and National Institute on Drug Abuse Grant R01DA019460-01A1, Lillian Eby, principal investigator.
- Issue published online: 29 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
Commentators expressed a wide variety of views on my evaluation of the state of assessment center (AC) research and practice. In this response, I first trace the evolution of the construct validity paradox “urban legend.” Next, I consider the commentators’ comments as they relate to (a) my recommendation to abandon dimension-based ACs in lieu of task- or role-based structures (b) my recommendation to discontinue design fix attempts toward making ACs conform to multitrait–multimethod construct validity criteria, and (c) considerations of construct validity and validation evidence. Finally, I offer some directions for future AC research and practice.