Research Library

Star Performers in Twenty-First Century Companies

This study examines the emergence of star performers—a few individuals who contribute the majority of output—and what it means for business.

Herman Aguinis and Ernest O’Boyle Jr.

University of Pennsylvania

Promotions and the Peter Principle

Using 1,500 employees across 214 firms, the researchers calculated the probability that a salesperson would be promoted to a management role based on their past performance, then compared it to their performance as a manager.

Alan Benson, Danielle Li, and Kelly Shue

National Bureau of Economic Research

New Talent Signals: Shiny New Objects or a Brave New World?

The digital revolution has produced a wide range of new tools for making quick and cheap inferences about human potential and predicting future work performance. However, there is little scientific research on many of these new assessment methods, which leaves human resources managers with no evidence to evaluate how useful they actually are.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, David Winsborough, Ryne A Sherman, and Robert Hogan

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

How social influence can undermine the wisdom of crowd effect

The “wisdom of the crowd” effect is the finding that the average estimate of a group can be more accurate than the estimate of an expert. This study discovered that even mild social influence can undermine the wisdom of the crowd effect in simple estimation tasks.

Jan Lorenz, Heiko Rauhut, Frank Schweitzer, and Dirk Helbing

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Evolution and Revolution as Organizations Grow

This paper creates a theoretical framework for understanding the various phases of organizational growth and explores the implications these dynamics have for how leaders should manage change.

Larry E. Greiner

Harvard Business Review

A meta-analysis of positive humor in the workplace

This paper examines the role of positive humor in the workplace through a meta-analysis of 49 different studies.

Jessica Mesmer-Magnus, David J. Glew, and Chockalingam Viswesvaran

Journal of Managerial Psychology

Artificial intelligence in HR: Challenges and a path forward

This paper explores the unrealized potential of artificial intelligence in human resource management and suggests how progress might be made. The authors identify several key challenges with using data science techniques to enhance HR practices.

Prasanna Tambe, Peter Cappelli, and Valery Yakubovich

University of Pennsylvania

Demography and Diversity in Organizations: A Review of 20 Years of Research

The paper provides a systematic review of over 80 studies regarding diversity and its implications for how organizations should think about managing an increasingly diverse workforce.

Katherine Y. Williams and Charles A. O’Reilly, III

Research in Organizational Behavior, JAI Press

Personality Characteristics That Predict Effective Performance of Sales People

This study examines the personality traits of effective salespeople and asks whether they can be used to predict sales performance.

Herman Aguinis

Erasmus University School of Economics

Validity and Utility of Alternative Predictors of Job Performance

This study examines the emergence of star performers—a few individuals who contribute the majority of output—and what it means for business.

John E. Hunter, Ronda F. Hunter

Psychological Bulletin, American Psychological Association

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