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Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Online from: 1986

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Assessing self-awareness: some issues and methods

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Title:Assessing self-awareness: some issues and methods
Author(s):Clive Fletcher, (Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK), Caroline Bailey, (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
Citation:Clive Fletcher, Caroline Bailey, (2003) "Assessing self-awareness: some issues and methods", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 18 Iss: 5, pp.395 - 404
Keywords:Feedback, Performance, Self-assessment
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02683940310484008 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Multi-source processes have been increasingly adopted by organisations in recent years and most projections suggest this trend will continue. As a developmental technique, one underlying rationale to such systems is their potential impact on target managers’ self-awareness; increasing self awareness is thought to enhance performance. The main theme of this paper relates to the potential of 360-degree assessment for yielding measures of self-awareness and the different ways of deriving indices of this variable. The relationship between self-awareness indices and measures of performance are discussed in light of research findings. It is concluded that different self-awareness measures used in the research literature are not equivalent, and may have differential relationships to performance. It is argued that self-awareness should be assessed in selection and other settings using a variety of methods, not necessarily utilizing the kinds of measures typically associated with multi-source feedback systems.

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