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Measuring implicit traits in organizational research: development of an indirect measure of employee implicit self-concept

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posted on 2024-06-13, 10:23 authored by RE Johnson, KN Saboe
Values, attitudes, and goals are often automatically activated, yet organizational research has relied predominantly on techniques that measure these phenomena at explicit or conscious levels. In this study, the authors validated an indirect measure designed to assess employee self-concept at implicit levels. Because self-concept is believed to operate primarily at implicit levels, it was hypothesized that an indirect measure would be an effective predictor of work criteria. The criteria examined were task performance, citizenship and counterproductive behavior, and the quality of supervisor—subordinate relations. Consistent with predictions, the indirect measure—a word fragment completion task—contributed more to the prediction of criteria than the direct measure— self-report survey items with summated rating scales. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for the use of indirect measures in applied settings.

History

Journal

Organizational research methods

Volume

14

Pagination

530-547

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1094-4281

eISSN

1552-7425

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, The Author(s)

Issue

3

Publisher

SAGE publications