Title

Discounting IQ's Relevance To Organizational Behavior: The "Somebody Else's Problem" In Management Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-26-2015

Publication Title

Open Differential Psychology

Keywords

Intelligence; emotional intelligence; organizational behavior

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Abstract

We hypothesize the existence of a “somebody else’s problem” in management education for the subdiscipline of organizational behavior (OB). The problem regards human intelligence, specifically, the general factor, g. Although g is arguably the most powerful variable in social science, OB educators largely ignore it. To demonstrate the former, we review a vast literature establishing g’s construct validity. To demonstrate the latter, we show that current OB textbooks place far less emphasis on g relative to a popular but less potent predictor of organizational success, emotional intelligence. We also show that when textbooks do reference g, it is often just to offer criticism. Misconceptions about empirical data on intelligence testing, denial that a general factor of intelligence exists, the reality of mean racial differences in mental ability, and the finding that genes play a non-trivial role in causing intelligence, seem to make OB’s treatment of this topic “somebody else’s problem.”

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