Roy Martin Richards

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Roy Martin Richards
Professor of Information Systems Management
University of North Texas
Dr. Richards has been Professor of Information Systems Management at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, for over 20 years. His research interests include risk-taking propensity, entropy, risk management, insurance, security and policing. He has published widely in the information technology field and consults to businesses and public sector agencies.

His Dissertation: "Individual Risk Preferences as Criteria in Personnel Selection and Placement," 1978, Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Tested the definition of time-span of discretion (TSD). Focused on two measures/ parameters of risk-handling behavior - the length of time an individual is willing to bear risk (TSD), versus the amount and type of risk.

Which is more predictive of success in personal and organizational roles? An original risk preference scoring scheme was developed. The study was conducted on principals of the independent property and liability insurance agencies in the State of Georgia. Time span of discretion (TSD) was found to be the better predictor of success (subject to possible non-response bias). Also, the original risk scoring technique contradicted current risk theory and found no difference in perceived risk in personal versus organizational roles.

This is a major piece of validation. He has replicated Jaques' findings at Glacier Metal on the key definition of the size of a role.

Degrees and certifications

  • Ph.D. - Business Administration - University of Georgia, United States
  • MBA - Systems - Georgia State University, United States
  • BA - Economics - Georgia State University, United States

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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
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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
A Toronto requisite organization-based consultancy with a wide range of executive coaching, training, organization design and development services.
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Requisite Organization International Institute distributes Elliott Jaques's books, papers, and videos and provides RO-based training to client organizations