The search is on: Utilizing rigorous assessment to identify high potential employees

Open Access
Ginther, Nicole Marie Filipelli
Graduate Program:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Date of Defense:
June 18, 2014
Committee Members:
  • Rick R Jacobs, Dissertation Advisor
  • Elaine Farndale, Committee Member
  • Susan Mohammed, Committee Member
  • Songqi Liu, Committee Chair
  • high potential
  • HiPo
  • assessment
  • identification
Accurately identifying high potential employees is imperative for a successful talent management strategy, however there is a paucity of research on this special form of personnel selection. Using the Leadership Blueprint (Church & Silzer, 2013) as a predictive framework, a criterion validation study, which utilized a sample of corporate employees, was designed to empirically determine whether the proposed dimensions were able to identify high potential employees. The study employed a concurrent design and sampled employees at job levels higher than the ultimate target audience for future assessment and forecasting. The results of the study suggested that cognitive abilities, motivation, and past experiences were important predictors of potential. The implications of these findings and the serious need for additional research on predicting potential are discussed.