Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education

Committee Chair

Herd, Ann Mogan

Author's Keywords

Selection assessments; Scholar-practitioner gap; Content analysis; Practitioner literature; Human resources; Hiring assessments


Employee selection; Personnel departments--Employees--Attitudes; Personnel management--Research; Personnel management--Periodicals


Research suggests that a gap exists between scholarly findings and practitioner knowledge, beliefs, and practices in the Human Resource field, particularly in the area of employee selection (Deadrick & Gibson, 2007; Rynes, Giluk, & Brown, 2007). This study seeks to explore this gap relative to self-report selection assessments by examining practitioner-oriented versus scholarly literature. Articles published between January 2006 and September 2011 from two scholarly sources (Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology) and two practitioner sources (HR Magazine and HR Executive) were reviewed, and 49 articles were selected for inclusion in analysis. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze the articles relative to five themes: purpose of the article, type of selection assessment discussed, specific instruments mentioned, how validity was discussed, and how utility was discussed. It was found that there were significant differences in the way that scholarly and practitioner publications discussed assessments, especially in the areas of validity and utility. Implications for scholars and practitioners are discussed.