The unsuccessful history of attempts to measure the relative importance of job factors is reviewed. The uses to which importance data could be put are reviewed and several hypotheses are advanced concerning the concept of importance of job factors. Seven methodological requirements for a measure of importance are advanced as improvements over past approaches. The development of an indirect two-stage method for measuring importance is described. It meets all seven of the stated requirements. The method was applied on four U.S. Navy destroyers. The resulting estimates of the relative importance of work, pay, supervision, and co-workers showed that situational determinants operated to vary mean importance from ship to ship. Respondents were grouped by means of cluster analyses into relatively homogeneous clusters with common patterns of job factor importance. Different personnel decisions may be appropriate for respondents from different clusters.(Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Colorado State University, Fort Collins

    Department of Psychology
    Fort Collins, CO  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Nealey, S M
  • Publication Date: 1972-5

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  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041448
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: N00014-67A-0299-0011
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 2 1973 12:00AM