The assessment centre method has received considerable historicalattention as an effective tool for management selection and development.The method, originally developed by German psychologists, was usedextensively during World War II by the Office of Strategic Services.Refinement of the method occurred at the American Telephone andTelegraph Company during the mid1950s in the Management Progress Studyunder the leadership of Dr Douglas W. Bray. The method found increasedacceptance due, in part, to court decisions finding it in compliancewith EEOC guidelines. The process used proposes to evaluate the relativestrength within an individual of up to ten personality traits usingexercises simulating job conditions and events. Studies performed yearsafter assessment show impressive figures regarding the methods abilityto predict management success. Continuing research has shown a use forthis method at all levels within an organisation.
Journal of Management Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1991