Development and validation of a situational judgement test of Japanese leadership knowledge

Toshio Murase*, Adam Roebuck, Kiyoshi Takahashi

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Leadership research has accumulated a wealth of empirical findings about what leadership behaviours are effective in various business environments. We took advantage of these empirical findings to develop a situational judgement test (SJT) of leadership knowledge with correct answers. The SJT contains four leadership dimensions: task-focused, relationship-focused, transformational, and developmental leadership. Item response theory and confirmatory factor analyses were used to examine the psychometric properties of the SJT, based on a sample of 658 Japanese college students. Ultimately, we confirmed a four-factor model and retained 21 of 53 situation questions for the final SJT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-250
Number of pages24
JournalAsia Pacific Business Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 15


  • Japan
  • leadership
  • leadership behaviour
  • leadership knowledge
  • situational judgement test
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management


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