Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Wayne Harrison

Second Advisor

Dr. David Hinton

Third Advisor

Dr. C. Raymond Millimet

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Douglas Cellar


Research concerning the role of the consensus judgment process in job evaluation has been minimal. In the present study, 80 male 80 female college students rated jobs individually using a point method of job evaluation. The subjects were then divided into groups of 4 and a chairperson was assigned. The effects of sex of rater, sex of chairperson, and job stereotype were assessed. The use of an averaging rule to predict consensus ratings, as well as the amount of disagreement among dimensions, were also explored. A third area of research concerned the leadership and power exhibited by the chairperson. Results indicated that both job point level and job stereotype significantly affected ratings. The use of an averaging rule predicted consensus rating accurately. The need for replication in field settings is discussed.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1985, Margaret L. Durr