Overseas Assignment Inventory Dimensions

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Overseas Assignment Inventory

Solutions for Candidate Assessment and Development

How do I select the right candidate for an international assignment?Utilizing the Overseas Assignment Inventory (OAI).

Candidate Assessment Service: for clients seeking an in-depth external assessment of cultural adaptability, we offer the Candidate Assessment Service, which includes:

  • Online OAI tool
  • Half-day interview with certified Intercultural Trainer
  • Development Guide for the participant
  • Assessment Report prepared for the client.

Performance Programs is a distributor as well as a research partner with the publisher.  We alsoestablish local norms and conduct ongoing validation studies of the OAI.

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Intercultural Training

and Assessment Tools



Begin by clicking here to learn how to select an assessment tool


Intercultural Training and Assessment Tools


The Global Competencies Inventory (GCI)

The Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (IES)

Description, Interpretation, Evaluation (DIE)

Cross Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI)

Diagnosing Organizational Culture

Discovering Diversity Profile

Diversity Awareness Profile (DAP)

Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS)

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

International Mobility Assessment (IMA)

The Intercultural Readiness Check (IRC)

Intercultural Sensitivity Inventory (ICSI)

Learning Styles Inventory (LSI)

Overseas Assignment Inventory (OAI) and Intercultural Candidate Evaluation (ICE)


*In addition to this list of selected intercultural training and assessment tools, an extensive list of these resources can be found in Michael Paige's, "Instrumentation in Intercultural Training" in D. Landis, J.M. Bennett, and M.J. Bennett, eds. Handbook of Intercultural Training. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2004.




How to Select an Assessment Instrument    



Measurement is the systematic application of pre-established rules or standards for assigning numbers or scores to the attributes or traits of something of interest. Measurement supports intercultural work because it provides us with data, which allows us to do many sophisticated things not otherwise possible. Assessment instruments help us to:

  • Clarify needs
  • Structure program design
  • Measure program impact 
  • Support selection decisions
  • Prepare cultural competence initiatives more precisely
  • Promote individual development


Establish your goals:

What do you want to use the assessment instrument for?

  • Needs assessment and analysis
  • Pre and post measurement of program impact
  • Individual development
  • Team development
  • Coaching
  • Selection
  • Re-entry
  • Career advising/academic advising 


Consider questions about the quality of the assessment instrument:

  1. Is it reliable—free from random error?
  2. Is it valid—free from systematic, built in error?

        a. Content validity—Does it measure what it says it will measure?

        b.Predictive validity—Can it help you learn about things you are interested in?

        c. Convergent validity—Is it consistent with other similar measures?

        d. Face validity—Does it look to the participants as if it measures what it says it will measure?

        e. Differential validity—Is it free from cultural bias?

    3.  Is it transparent? Can participants manipulate their     scores through perceived social desirability?

    4.  How were items developed? Are they based on a well-recognized theory or model?


Consider questions about the logistics of using the instrument:

  1. Do I need to be certified/qualified to use the instrument?
  2. What knowledge, skills, and attitudes do I need to master to use the inventory effectively?
  3. What is the amount of time for participants to take the inventory?
  4. What is the cost for the inventory per person, and the cost of materials and training for certification?
  5. Is it available in the appropriate language for my group?
  6. Is the translation professional and accurate?
  7. Is it available in the preferred language online as well as in paper and pencil formats?
  8. Is the instrument self-scoring or are there additional fees for processing the results?
  9. Are there 360 degree versions?
  10. What is the track record of this inventory with my audience?
  11. Are there research studies reporting results from using this instrument with my typical audience?
  12. Are there publications suggesting approaches for using this instrument?
  13. Does the inventory include sufficient information for participants to understand their profile, and to develop goals?
  14. Is the inventory accompanied by support materials for the educator that include data on the inventory development, strategies for communicating inventory results, and activities for enhancing learning based on results?
  15. To use the inventory ethically: 

     a. Must I conduct coaching interviews? 

     b. Is it best used to gather aggregate data?

     c. Is it effective for pre and post testing?

     d. Is it effective for individual feedback without interviews?

16.  Is it possible to talk to other users about the effectiveness of the instrument?

17.   Is information available on the going consulting fees for conducting assessments using this instrument?

Janet M. Bennet, Ph.D. and Michael Stevens, Ph.D. 2015

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