A Monte Carlo comparison of relative importance methodologies

James M. LeBreton, Robert E. Ployhart, Robert T. Ladd

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This article reports the results of a Monte Carlo simulation comparing four different indices of relative importance (squared correlation, squared beta, product measure, epsilon) to a relatively new method called dominance analysis. Conceptually and empirically, dominance analysis represents an improvement over traditional indices of relative importance. Eight experimental factors were manipulated in the simulations: mean and standard deviation of validity for each predictor, mean and standard deviation of collinearity for two sets of predictors, number of predictors, and presence of simple structure. Of these factors, the number of predictors and the mean collinearity were most strongly related to discrepancies among the rank orders computed using the different importance methods. Across all experimental conditions, the epsilon statistic demonstrated the greatest convergence and beta weights and correlation coefficients the greatest divergence with dominance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-282
Number of pages25
JournalOrganizational Research Methods
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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