Ken Shepard

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Ken Shepard
Global Organization Design Society

Ken Shepard, PhD., is the Founding President of the Global Organization Design Society, a world-wide professional association of academics, business users, and consultants practicing the application of Requisite Organization concepts.  He was chief editor and contributing author of the book, Organization Design, Levels of Work Complexity and Levels of Human Capability:? Executive Guide, and was also founder of the new journal, Organization Design.

Ken held management positions in business, government, and not-for-profit sectors.

As a consultant and Principal of the Canadian Centre for Leadership and Strategy for 24 years, Dr. Shepard worked with CEO's, Deputy Ministers, and seconds-in-command responsible for major change projects in Canada and abroad.

Ken's practice was largely based on Requisite Organization concepts developed by Elliott Jaques complemented by state-of-the-art organization development processes.

Ken met Dr. Jaques in l978, brought him to Toronto in l992 and produced 3500 participant days of public workshops in Requisite Organization with Dr. Jaques introducing these concepts to senior consultants and line managers.? Over time he benefited from Dr. Jaques's advice on his major consulting projects.

Dr. Shepard founded the management of change program at the Niagara Institute in 1981 and directed it for a decade before leaving to found the Canadian Centre. In that role he benchmarked best practices at major Canadian corporations and designed a wide-range of senior management development programs at the VP level. Dr. Shepard has designed and led the following workshops often tailored for application within a corporation.

  • Creating the CEO Role
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategy Implementation
  • Organization Design
  • Talent Pool Design and Management
  • Leadership and the Management of Change
  • Public Affairs, both fundamentals and advanced.
  • Working Effectively with External Stakeholder Groups
Degrees and cert

B.A. In Earth Sciences, Antioch College
Certificate in Natural Resource Planning, The Organization of American States, Project #29, Universidade Rural, Brazil
M.C.P.  Master of City Planning, University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts
Ph.D.  in Organization Behavior, Andersen School of Management, UCLA

GO Society Roles

Founding President 2003 to Current
Editorial Board 2003 to Current
World Conference Chair in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014

Companies that provide financial support

Anne Stephen, VP HR Torex Gold Resources Inc.

Consulting firms that provide financial support

A management consulting firm in Toronto
Terra Firma Consulting
Forrest and Company
AMG Consulting
Enhancer Consulting
The Working Journey
Quintave Consulting