Reference : Determinants of individual occupational careers in the 21st century. Does complex pro...
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Social, industrial & organizational psychology
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Determinants of individual occupational careers in the 21st century. Does complex problem solving matter beyond general mental ability?
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Mainert, Jakob mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Kretzschmar, André mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Neubert, Jonas mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
Greiff, Samuel mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) >]
21-May-2015
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Mainert, J., Kretzschmar, A., Neubert, J. C., & Greiff, S. (2015May).
Determinants of individual occupational careers in the 21st century.
Does complex problem solving matter beyond general mental ability? Paper
presented at the 17th Conference of the European Association of Work and
Organizational Psychology, Oslo, Norway, 20.05.-23.05.2015.
Yes
No
International
17th Conference of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
20-05-2015 to 23-05-2015
European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
Oslo
Norway
[en] Complex Problem Solving ; Career Advancements ; General Mental Ability
[en] Purpose
Complex problem solving (CPS) describes the interaction with dynamic and nonroutine tasks, and has been included in PISA 2012 as a factor for employability. This study examines whether CPS can also contribute to the prediction of career advancement in jobs beyond general mental ability (GMA) as one of the best predictors.
Design/Methodology
Using latent structural equation modeling (SEM), we analyzed a sample of technicians, service/trade workers, and assemblers (n=245) at a German automotive company. A computer-based assessment measured participants' CPS and GMA levels. The dependent variables were the participants’ job level (ISCO-08) and professional training days.
Results
CPS and GMA both correlated significantly with career advancement (from .18 to .26, all p < .01). The models showed good fit and indicated that CPS explained incremental variance in one of two indicators (β = .14 for trainings, p < .05; ΔR2 = .02) in comparison with GMA alone (β = .24, p < 0.01; R2= .06).
Limitations
Analyses did not include processes information from CPS assessment as potential advantage. The company-based sample and cross-sectional data restrict inferences.
Research Implications
Our findings suggest positive relations between CPS and career advancement even when controlling for GMA. Hence, CPS could be a valuable addition for the study of careers and personnel selection test batteries.
Originality/Value
The first evaluation of CPS in career research gave a general indication of an as-yet-to-be-defined role of CPS, especially when considering the task characteristics compared to complex and demanding jobs, and process data available through CPS.
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University of Luxembourg - UL
Researchers ; Professionals
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/21513
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