Using Assessment and Development Centres to facilitate equal opportunity in selection and career development

Paul Iles (Paul Iles is a lecturer in Human Resource Strategies at the Open University School of Management.)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Publication date: 1 May 1989

Abstract

I begin by examining some ways in which organisations have attempted to improve their recruitment and selection procedures to minimise bias and unfair discrimination, and focus on the assessment centre as a potentially useful technique in this respect, especially for managerial selection. I go on to examine the assessment centre in more detail, including its origins, construction and uses, before discussing the strong evidence for its validity as a selection and assessment procedure. I then describe some recent British innovations in assessment centre design and practice, especially in its use for management and organisation development purposes, before discussing some of my own recent research, in collaboration with Ivan Robertson and Usha Rout, on participants' attitudes towards the use of assessment centres for selection and development purposes, including gender differences in attitudes.

Citation

Iles, P. (1989), "Using Assessment and Development Centres to facilitate equal opportunity in selection and career development", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 8 No. 5, pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb010709

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MCB UP Ltd

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