Advanced Search
Journal search
Journal cover: Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting

Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting

ISSN: 1401-338X
This journal ceased publication in 2012

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Accounting and Finance

Content: Latest Issue | icon: RSS Latest Issue RSS | Previous Issues


Previous article.Icon: Print.Table of Contents.Next article.Icon: .

Theoretical Expectancies: Replacing Classic Utility Tables with Flexible, Accurate Computing Procedures

Document Information:
Title:Theoretical Expectancies: Replacing Classic Utility Tables with Flexible, Accurate Computing Procedures
Citation:RICHARD A. MCLELLAN, (1999) "Theoretical Expectancies: Replacing Classic Utility Tables with Flexible, Accurate Computing Procedures", Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, Vol. 4 Iss: 1, pp.35 - 48
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb029052 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:A great deal of work has been done by industrial and organisational psychologists to express the utility of validated employee selection systems. Much of this work has focused on methods for estimating economic utility, to show how many dollars can be gained or saved by implementing a new selection procedure. These methods can be quite useful, yet it is often difficult for the sponsors of selection systems to appreciate the credibility of the resulting dollar value estimates. Many users of selection systems still need to see utility analyses that demonstrate the selection system's value in more tangible behavioural terms that can be anchored in familiar performance metrics or standards of the organisation. This article presents all the information needed to compute theoretical expectancies for improvement of job performance under three well-known models, eliminating the need to rely on incomplete expectancy tables. The methods described produce highly accurate results for all possible input values, and can be implemented easily using a variety of widely available software tools.

Backfiles Disclaimer

Articles that form part of the Emerald Backfiles have been created through digital scanning. Whilst all efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, Emerald will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies. If you require further clarification please contact

Fulltext Options:



Existing customers: login
to access this document


- Forgot password?
- Athens/Institutional login



Downloadable; Printable; Owned
HTML, PDF (751kb)

Due to our platform migration, pay-per-view is temporarily unavailable.

To purchase this item please login or register.


- Forgot password?

Recommend to your librarian

Complete and print this form to request this document from your librarian

Marked list

Bookmark & share

Reprints & permissions