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ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY SECTION in the SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES
BUS5033W: ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY MASTERS
MODULE: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT
CASE STUDY: APPOINTING A PLANT MANAGER AT DYNAMO INDUSTRIES*
Personnel selection decisions are typically based on a collection of information from several sources. An organisation may have test scores, previous performance appraisals, interview rating, biographical information and other data on the candidates. This exercise gives the student a feel for making a final recommendation based on such a collection of data. In addition, through the group interaction, students should gain an understanding of the process involved in a leaderless group discussion.
Your assignment it to review candidate credentials for the plant manager position at Dynamo industries in Port Elisabeth.
After completing this exercise, you should be able to:
1. Distinguish candidate information that is valuable and should be considered in the decision from that which should be ignored.
2. Articulate your rationale for decisions.
3. Suggest ways in which the selection process could be improved.
4. Understand the dynamics of leaderless group discussion.
PART A: INDIVIDUAL ANALYSIS
Before class review the material presented below. Assume the following:
You are the chief executive of human resources. You are to write a report (a one-page executive summary followed by no more than three double spaced pages of supporting information that includes the following:
a. A rank ordering of the top four choices for the Kimberley job based on the information you have now.
b. An in-depth discussion of how this rank ordering was reached (a rationale for some candidates being ranked higher than others and for others not being ranked).
c. A brief discussion of how the selection process for hiring a plant manager should be changed in future...
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