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How to learn basic organization design concepts 
Applying RO levels of human capability concepts in universities 
Questions Frequently Asked by Academics
Researching and the RO Annotated Bibliography

Identify academics who teach, research, publish, and consult using work-levels concepts

Key contributors to the field

Video interviews and presentations by academics using RO






















  • Use levels of human capability to understand the capability of students studying for each degree and professors and administrators in academic positions
  • Use work levels to understand your own career path
  • Use work levels to see your own teaching specialization in an entirely new light
  • Help your students understand the structure and management of organizations they are currently employed in, or better yet, to understand typical career paths in their chosen profession.


How to learn basic organization design concepts 

Take the on-line course:  Basic Concepts of Requisite Organization - Based Organization Design and Management  - This course if provided without charge to full and part time academics who consult less than 25% of the their total work time.  To register for this course

Watch Video interviews with senior academics who have extensive experience in teaching, researching and consulting based on RO principles.


Applying RO levels of human capability concepts 
in universities

The following is a hypothesis about the average levels of 


Questions frequently asked by academics

Why should I learn about work levels based organization design and management?

  • How can I learn about it in an acceptable amount of time
  • What is the ideal student setting for most effective / impactful teaching of work levels based organization design and management



How you can design and position your organization design related research based on RO

The Requisite Organization Annotated Bibliography



The best teachers of requisite organization not only have doctorates in a management related field, but have also been general managers, and been consultants to general managers using these same methods.  Yes there are very few of these.

An author of a major textbook on organization design bemoaned that so few programs in management offered courses in organization design and so few professors felt qualified to teach it.

Why might this be true?

  • Many professors of management have never been a manager, let alone a general manager
  • Most do not consult at general manager levels where organization design would be a concern
  • They have no personal experience of organization design and no stories to relate.

In the workplace

The best way to teach requisite organization-based organization design and management is to teach executive management teams in their organizations as they do their work.  Barry and Sheila Deane of PeopleFit Austral-Asia have developed this method of working with managers as they do their work.  Their Requisite Leadership Framework is available on this web site as a series of videos from a 2014 2.5 day clinic.

Executive Short Courses 

The best way to teach these methods in the university setting is in Continuing Education Executive Short Courses for managers capable at stratum IV and above.
Jan De Visch teaches in a short course where CEOs and their VPsHR attend together and the entire xx days are based on work levels principles.

Queens University IRC has a short course for Advanced HR managers that is largely based on work levels taught by an external consultant

Executive MBA



One of the best examples we have found is Ricardo Gutierrez's course at the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires, an engineering school, where all are required to take a course about managing their career - entirely based on requisite organization principles.

High School

The most useful is to teach in relation to career planning, coaching, or in any courses designed to support students in their work. A good place to begin is to describe the structure and practices of typical places most students might work such as in fast food, food service, and retailing.


Researching and the RO Annotated Bibliography





Help identify academics who use work-levels concepts in their teaching, research, publication or consulting.

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Video interviews and presentations by academics using RO



David Billis


My Start at Brunel University

Major Contributions to the Field

Diffusion of the Work-Levels Approach 

Implementing Work-Levels in Global Companies

A-Application of Work-Levels Approach in Other Sectors

Why CEO's Should Use Work-Levels / Requisite Organization  













Jerry B. Harvey


Meeting Elliot 

Reactions to Elliott's Work

The Other side of Elliott Jacques

Changes in my Practice                                            

A Transformational Experience

Challenging the Academics 

Not to Facilitate

Perceptions and Self-Reflection in Different Strata                

Personality in Organizations














 Ralph Rowbottom


The Biography of a Student of Management

On a Great Partnership: Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jacques

Contributions to Major Projects with Glacier Institute

Design: The Work-Level Approach'    

Lasting Contributions: 'Social Analysis' and 'Organizational 














  Jerry Gray




Key Contributors 

The following academics have been important contributors to the teaching and researching of organization design based on levels of work and accountability:

Elliott Jaques, M.D, Ph.D

Jerry Gray, Ph.D
Dean Emeritus and Senior ScholarI.H.
Asper School of Business
The University of Manitoba

Jerry Hunt, Ph.D  (Deceased)
Formerly Professor
Texas Tech University
Distinguished Researcher & Service

Kenneth Craddock, M.A, MPA
Former Instructor Colombia University
& City College of New York

David Billis, Ph.D
Dr. and Emeritus Reader
London School of Economics /
Director - Rolestrata Ltd

Jerry Harvey, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus
The George Washington University

T. Owen Jacobs, Ph.D
Principal and Co-Founder
Executive Development Associates

Larry Phillips, Ph.D
Visiting Professor of Operational Research
London School of Economics

Gillian Stamp,
Hon DPhil, Ph.D, D.Phil

Former Director

Ricardo Gutierrez, Ph.D
Instituto Tecnologica de Buenos Aires

Ralph Rowbottom, Ph.D
Professional Fellow


Professional associations & universities that support and / or co-market society conferences

 New York City, USA

IBM International


The Argentine Human Resources Association

The European Organization Design Forum


Canadian Association of Management Consultants

Human Resource Professionals of Ontario

Human Resource Planning Society

An institute for advanced human resources professional development

An association of academics, business users and consultants headquartered at Aarhus University in Denmark

A USA based association

A Toronto-based association of advanced HR practitioners 


An Argentine Society for Quality Improvement


The Argentine Society for Training and Development

The Argentine Human Resources Association

Federation of Human Resource Associations in Latin America 

The Buenos Aires Technological Institute

An professional association for public service employees in Canada

Consulting firms that provide financial support


A management consulting firm in Toronto, Canada



Forrest and Company, Toronto, Canada


A global network of associate consultants headquartered in Toronto Canada



Toronto, Canada

















Toronto, Canada

Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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