African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4167

Full Length Research Paper

Construct validity of competency dimensions in a leadership assessment and development centre

Zovuyo Nako and Antoni Barnard*  
Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa (UNISA), P. O. Box 392, 0003,South Africa
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 August 2012
  •  Published: 29 August 2012


The issue of construct validity has become a contentious issue in the study of assessment centres around the world. The purpose of the study was to investigate the construct validity of assessment centre dimension ratings through correlation and factor analysis. The sample consisted of 138 individuals who participated in a two-day assessment centre for selection as partners/directors in an auditing firm. Twenty-one dimensions were measured using six different exercises. Both correlation and factor analysis results showed no evidence of discriminant validity amongst dimensions measured in the simulation and interview exercises. Convergent validity among some dimensions was found only in one of the simulation exercises. Implications for assessment centre design and research have been discussed.


Key words: Construct validity, assessment centre, convergent validity, discriminant validity, multi-trait multi-method approach, competency based assessment.