T. Owen Jacobs

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

Dr. Jacobs is currently the Institute of Complexity Management Director of Research and Development, and co-founder and principal of Executive Development Associates. From 1995 to 2005, he held the Leo Cherne Distinguished Visiting Professor of Behavioral Science Chair at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. There, he taught courses in Strategic Leadership and Creative and Critical Thinking. He also created and directed the College's Executive Assessment and Development Program.

From 1974 to 2005, Dr. Jacobs served in a series of assignments with the U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, where he completed landmark research on strategic performance requirements and the developmental processes required to produce strategic leadership skills. With Jaques, he developed an adaptation of Jaques' requisite organization structure that specifies (a) critical performance requirements at the various levels of a requisitely structured organization, and (b) the critical cognitive skills which must develop over time to enable successful performance. The structure identifies developmental targets over time and constitutes a theory-based template for the development of leadership within large-scale organizations. The conceptual base for this structure has been widely adopted by the military senior service colleges.

Dr. Jacobs received the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University, and the Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Leadership and Exchange in Formal Organizations, and Strategic Leadership: The Competitive Edge. His most significant recent publication was as leadership section editor and chapter contributor (with Jaques) in Handbook of Military Psychology. He was the year 2000 recipient of the John C. Flanagan Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association Division of Military Psychology, and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.


Degrees and cert
  • B.A. - Vanderbilt University, United States
  • M.A. - Vanderbilt University, United States
  • Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh, United States

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