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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2013, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (4): 721-731.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.00721

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Occupational Information Network: Framework、Features and Applications

CHEN Dusheng;WANG Zhongming   

  1. (1 Center for Human Resources and Strategic Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310028, China) (2 School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China)
  • Received:2012-06-26 Online:2013-04-15 Published:2013-04-15
  • Contact: CHEN Dusheng

Abstract: Traditional job analysis methods have relatively obvious disadvantages like inadaptation to environmental change and cost inefficiency. The development of Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is deemed to solve these aforementioned problems. The key framework of O*NET, known as content model, incorporates the work and worker information together. The main features of O*NET contain unit reduction, cost effectiveness and timeliness, hierarchically nested model, cross-occupation descriptors. The paper argues that O*NET plays an important role in individual development and organizational management. Recent research progress on O*NET is summarized in two fields: job analysis and occupational classification. Future research in Chinese context is suggested to explore further in different areas.

Key words: Occupational Information Network (O*NET), job analysis, competency modeling, occupational classification