Jerry B. Harvey - (Deceased)
The George Washington University
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Developed a close personal friendship with Elliott Jaques when Jaques lived in the Washington DC area
Arranged for Elliott Jaques to be appointed a Senior Research Fellow at George Washington University Business School
Collaborated with Jaques in supervising a number of doctoral dissertations related to Jaques' theories
Taught Elliott Jaques' theory in his organization behaviour? classes
Wrote "The Elephant in the Parlour: Who the Hell is Elliott Jaques?", a chapter in his book When I'm stabbed in the back, how come my fingerprints are on the knife?
Introduced Jaques' concepts to diverse audiences through his many talks especially introducing Jaques' ideas over the years to Vistage groups (formerly called TEC)
Senior Fellow of the Society
Appointed by GO Board to the GO Advisory Council.
Name by GO Board to the GO Society Academic Honour Role.
Contributed his article, "The Elephant in the Parlour: Who the Hell is Elliott Jaques?" to the GO web site- for Spanish and English links click here
Provided video interview of his friendship with Elliott Jaques and his experience with requisite concepts - for links click here
Jerry B. Harvey is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University. He earned a B.B.A. and a Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Texas in Austin.
Over the years, he has served as a consultant to a wide variety of business, educational, health care, voluntary, military, and religious organizations.
Jerry Harvey passed away on August 1, 2015, of complications from Parkinson's disease and congestive heart failure. He was born in Austin, Texas, on November 14, 1935. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas, and remained an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns. He married his beloved wife, Beth, on August 4, 1962. He was the loving father of Scott Harvey and Suzanne Harvey (deceased). Jerry was a Professor Emeritus of Management at the George Washington University. During his career he also served as a consultant to a wide variety of industrial, governmental, religious, military, educational and charitable organizations. He authored approximately 50 professional articles, and two books, "The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management" and "How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back, My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? " He is also featured in several videos and a short film focusing on organizational behavior, including "The Asoh Defense," "The Gunsmoke Phenomenon," and "The Abilene Paradox". "Taking a trip to Abilene" has become a widely recognized metaphor for unproductive group behavior. Jerry lived an extraordinary life and his academic, professional, and personal accomplishments were all grounded on a bedrock of honesty. He advocated telling the truth to everyone (especially oneself), which he practiced with his unique blend of humor and compassion. He touched many lives and shaped them for the better. In addition to his family, he will be sorely missed by …. a host of former students, colleagues and friends…..
Ph.D. - Social Psychology - University of Texas in Austin, United States
Harvey, Jerry B., 1992, "Musing about the Elephant in the Parlor, or 'Who the Devil Is Elliott Jaques?'" in Elliott Jaques Festschrift, Cason Hall, Gloucester, MA. Also printed in his 1999 book, How Come ... (q.v.).
Lunøe, Nikolaj, 2003, Elefanten i dagligstuen. (Introduktion til Elliott Jaques og hans teorier) 23/03 Psykolog Nyt. [Danish translation: “The Elephant in the Parlor,” (Introduction to Elliott Jaques and his Theories), Psychology News, March 23, 2003, Publisher: Danish Psychology Association.]
Meditaciones sobre el elefante en la sala de estar o ¿Quién diablos es Elliott Jaques? Spanish translation, Harald Solaas.
Harvey, Jerry B., 2004 e., “The Future of OD, or Why Don’t You Take the Tubes Out of Grandma?” a chapter in Burke, W. Warner, and David Bradford, eds., 2004 e., The Future of OD, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.
The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management