Topic: Criterion Theory and Development

I/O Project Part I


Your assignments in this class will take place in two parts. In Part 1, you will choose a topic that you may use for your dissertation. You will discuss the theoretical foundations found within the literature to support the topic and suggest why this topic should be studied and the possible research questions your proposed study will answer. Although the 10 Key Strategic Points may inform your paper, this paper will not be your prospectus.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:


Using current empirical sources (i.e., published within past 5 years) to write a paper of 2,000-2,250 words in which you address the following issues:

  1. Choose an I-O topic of interest that you intend to use for your dissertation and delineate why it is important for the discipline of I-O psychology to study this topic.
  2. Identify the gap in the literature that your study will fill and discuss the problem you will address through the study.
  3. Identify the theoretical foundations (e.g., model or theory) and seminal author(s) of the model or theory.
  4. Discuss how the identified problem will be understood:

           Identify the questions your study will answer.

           Describe the location of your study.

           Define variables (for a quantitative study) or phenomenon (for a qualitative study).


 Course Contents


1. Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Understanding the Workplace

Read Chapter 4.

Electronic Resource

1. DC Network

Use the 10 Key Strategic Points template found under the Research/Dissertation tab to inform your assignment. You may also find other materials that are helpful, specifically under the Residency tab in Research/Dissertation.

e-Library Resource

1. Constructing Validity: Basic Issues in Objective Scale Development


Clark, L. A., & Watson, D. (1995). Constructing validity: Basic issues in objective scale development. Psychological Assessment7(2), 309-319.

2. Has Item Response Theory Increased the Validity of Achievement Test Scores?


Linn, R. L. (1990). Has item response theory increased the validity of achievement test scores? Applied Measurement in Education3(2), 114-141.

3. Measurement Error in Psychological Research: Lessons From 26 Research Scenarios


Schmidt, F. L., & Hunter, J. E. (1996). Measurement error in psychological research: Lessons from 26 research scenarios. Psychological Methods1(2), 199–223.

4. Organizational Theories: Some Criteria for Evaluation


Bacharach, S. B. (1989). Organizational theories: Some criteria for evaluation. Academy of Management Review14(4), 496-515.

5. SAGE Research Methods

Use Sage Research Methods to research potential resources to develop the theoretical foundations for your paper.

6. The Role of Factor Analysis in the Development and Evaluation of Personality Scales


Briggs, S. R., & Cheek, J. M. (1986). The role of factor analysis in the development and evaluation of personality scales. Journal of Personality54(1), 106-148.
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