Initially, 155 items, based on a content analysis of the data collected in the original interviews, were written to tap the core elements of developmental jobs. Verbatim responses were used as guides for writing the items; thus many items reflect the terminology and concepts used by the managers who responded. The items took the form of descriptive statements about the job. Respondents were asked to rate each of them on a five-point scale ranging from “not at all descriptive” to “extremely descriptive” of the job.
Creation of Job Component Dimensions
We had no preexisting idea for how the items should be grouped; thus we used an empirical approach. Managers from various organizational levels completed ...