Personality, Gender, Age and Logical Overlap in Multi-Source Ratings

13 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2003

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Peter G. Warr

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Simon Hoare

University of Sheffield

Abstract

Variations in conceptual alignment between predictors and criteria have previously been studied in respect of criterion-related validity, but not in settings of multi-source rating. The differential conceptual alignment perspective was applied here to account for gender and age differences in the rating of behaviour. Personality traits of sales staff were found to predict logically overlapping customer-contact behaviours, rated either by themselves or by their supervisor. Personality traits were also associated with employees' greater over-rating of a behaviour relative to supervisors' judgements when personality-behaviour logical overlap was stronger. Significant differences in some work behaviours were observed between men and women and between older and younger employees, and those behavioural differences were accompanied by gender or age differences in personality traits that overlapped logically with the behaviour in question. Gender or age differences in ratings of specific behaviours are thus a reflection of gender or age differences in logically associated personality features.

Suggested Citation

Warr, Peter G. and Hoare, Simon, Personality, Gender, Age and Logical Overlap in Multi-Source Ratings. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=369189

Peter G. Warr (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy ( email )

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Simon Hoare

University of Sheffield

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Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DT
United Kingdom

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