[IPAC-List] Utility Analysis

Patrick McCoy Patrick.McCoy at psc-cfp.gc.ca
Fri Feb 5 15:53:48 EST 2010

Another article of potential interest is:

Boudreau, J.W. (1989). Selection utility analysis: A review and agenda
for future research. In M. Smith & I. Robertson (Eds.), Advances in
Selection and Assessment (pp. 227-257). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Thank you for your input.

Pat McCoy,Ph.D.
Ottawa, Canada

>>> "Aamodt, Michael G" <maamodt at RADFORD.EDU> 2010/02/04 11:15 am >>>


Here are two articles that expand on the classic formula:

Boudreau, J. W. (1983). Economic considerations in estimating the
utility of human resource productivity improvement programs. Personnel
Psychology, 36, 551–576.

Russell, C. J., Colella, A., & Bobko, P. (1993). Expanding the context
of utility: The strategic impact of personnel selection. Personnel
Psychology, 46, 781–801.

Michael G. Aamodt, Ph.D. (Mike)
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6946
(202) 280-2172
maamodt at radford.edu
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Let's get another interesting discussion going!

The last time I had a chance to do some reading on utility, researchers
were calculating the financial advantage of using selection tools using
formulae such as the following:

U = (Ns) (SDy) (rxy) (Zx) (T) minus (C)

U = Utility
Ns = Number selected
Sdy = Variability in performance of job incumbents (in dollars)
rxy = Validity of assessment tool
Zx = The cutoff score expressed in terms of Z scores
T = Average tenure of those hired

C = Cost of developing and using the assessment instrument per

Was wondering if any of you know whether there have been refinements to
approaches like the one in the formulae. Is there anything better out

Thank you,

Pat McCoy, Ph.D.
Ottawa, Canada

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