Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jaques: An Appreciation of a Remarkable Partnership

Nearly 60 years ago, revolutionary management ideas began to emerge in postwar Britain. Fortune and chance brought two brilliant and extraordinarily different men together for a long and fruitful collaboration. Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jaques worked together in one of the longest social experiments in the history of the world at Glacier Metals Company, and then Brown sponsored Jaques in interdisciplinary social analytical research at Brunel University and in the diffusion of the ideas throughout the UK and the world. Our author, Alistair Mant, knew both Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jaques and through his experience at the Tavistock Institute and as a management consultant gives us a rare perspective on the values these men held, their personalities, and the nature and meaning of their exploratory work that has emerged over the years as a major new management paradigm. Mant’s article “Wilfred Brown and Elliott Jaques: An Appreciation of a Remarkable Partnership” is particularly important in that the number of individuals who worked with Jaques and Brown when they were together at Glacier is unfortunately diminishing.


Major organizations and consulting firms that provide Requisite Organization-based services

A global association of academics, managers, and consultants that focuses on spreading RO implementation practices and encouraging their use
Requisite Organization International Institute distributes Elliott Jaques's books, papers, and videos and provides RO-based training to client organizations
Founded by Gillian Stamp, one of Jaques's colleagues at Brunel, the firm modified Jaques;s work-levels, developed the Career Path Appreciation method, and has grown to several hundred certified assessors in aligned consulting firms world-wide recently expanding to include organization design
A Sweden-based consultancy, Enhancer practices time-span based analysis, executive assessment, and provides due diligence diagnosis to investors on acquisitions.
Ron Capelle is unique in his multiple professional certifications, his implementation of RO concepts through well designed organization development methods, and his research documenting the effectiveness of his firm's interventions
Dr. Gerry Kraines, the firms principal, combines Harry Levinson's leadership frameworks with Elliott Jaques's Requisite Organization. He worked closely with Jaques over many years, has trained more managers in these methods than anyone else in the field, and has developed a comprehensive RO-based software for client firms.
A Toronto requisite organization-based consultancy with a wide range of executive coaching, training, organization design and development services.
Founded as an assessment consultancy using Jaques's CIP methods, the US-based firm expanded to talent pool design and management, and managerial leadership practice-based work processes