An eight-year follow-up of a management assessment center

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47 individuals evaluated in a management assessment center in 1967 in the marketing organization of a large manufacturing company were followed up 8 yrs later. Both the overall assessment center rating and a general management evaluation of potential derived from personnel files were significantly related to position level attained after 8 yrs for 30 individuals still with the company. The shrunken multiple correlation of these 2 predictors with level attained was .58. Characteristics of aggressiveness, persuasiveness, oral communications, and self-confidence plus test scales of ascendency and self-assurance were most strongly related to level attained 8 yrs later. It is commented that while the validity of this specific assessment center for predicting advancement appears adequate, additional research is desirable to evaluate the ability to predict performance in management. (7 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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