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Development Assessment Centres: Practice Implications Arising from Exploring the Participant Voice

Turner, A. and Nichol, Lynn (2016) Development Assessment Centres: Practice Implications Arising from Exploring the Participant Voice. International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy and Research, 1 (1). pp. 85-99. ISSN 2397-4583

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This qualitative phenomenological study explores the short-to-medium term personal impact of Development Assessment Centres on UK healthcare managers. The study identified overarching themes relating to personal performance impact, enabling and disabling factors in Centre design, trauma and safety implications, and behavioural adaptation. Practice implications arising focused upon three key areas. Firstly, Centre design should equally enable both introverts and extraverts and provide conscious consideration toward behavioural adaptation amongst participants. Secondly, there is a need for adequate follow-up support to enable participants to continue to learn from their experience, whilst also mitigating any potential risk toward long-term trauma caused by such deeply personal experiences. Finally, where assessment and reward form an output from any Centre, judgement should be limited until a thorough de-brief has been undertaken with the participant to explore causal behavioural responses, as opposed to basing decisions on observed behaviour alone.

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This journal is sponsored by a partnership between the International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO) and the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD)

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Development Assessment Centres, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), healthcare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Lynn Nichol
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 12:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:09

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