“This is a very important book. It is an essential text for any graduate program in applied industrial and organizational psychology. The First Edition is the best text on the market today, and the Second Edition is a huge improvement. Nice work!”

– Bill Attenweiler, Northern Kentucky University

Thoroughly updated and revised, this Second Edition is the only book currently on the market to present the most important and commonly used methods in human resource management in such detail. The authors clearly outline how organizations can create programs to improve hiring and training, make jobs safer, provide a satisfying work environment, and help employees to work smarter. Throughout, they provide practical tips on how to conduct a job analysis, often offering anecdotes from their own experiences.

New to the Second Edition: New co-author Frederick P. Morgeson's background in business management brings a valuable new perspective and balance to the presentation of material..; Expanded coverage is offered on O*NET, strategic job analysis, competencies and competency modeling, and inaccuracy in job analysis ratings.; New text boxes provide bio sketches of famous names in job analysis to put a personal face on research.; Additional examples and cases illustrate the “how-to” of job analysis in real-life settings.

Companion Website!

A companion website, http://www.jobandworkanalysis.com, offers instructors and students supplemental materials such as course syllabi, examples of data collected as part of a job analysis, task inventory data, the opportunity to practice data analysis, and much more!

Job Description, Performance Appraisal, Job Evaluation, and Job Design
Job description, performance appraisal, job evaluation, and job design

You are now armed and potentially dangerous. You have learned enough about the methods of job analysis and the related legal requirements to consider putting them to use. Here and in the next two chapters we talk about the key purposes served by job analysis and how to do a study, so that you can see how to use the tools. The more you know about the interface between methods and applications, the better able you will be to avoid potential pitfalls.

In this chapter, we describe some of the common human resources applications of job analysis. The spotlight is on the following for this chapter:

  • Job description
  • Performance appraisal
  • Job evaluation ...
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