Warren Kinston

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Warren Kinston
Developing the THEE-Online Project
Th3el Pty Ltd

The Taxonomy of Human Elements in Endeavour (THEE) is the result of over 35 years of observations which started when I came across «levels of work» (via EJ's A General Theory of Bureaucracy). After starting at BIOSS, I realised that levels of work lay within a context of human endeavour which itself required appreciating to throw more light on "levels of work".

Over time I explored other distinct areas within that context. Initially,inquiry, decision-making, purpose-values; later change, communication, identity, participation,creativity, spirituality, prosperity and more. Some themes were more closely linked to levels of work (eg communication) and others more distantly linked (eg experience and identity development). Over a hundred frameworks have been developed. An encyclopaedic text on purpose and values was published in 1995. During 1995 - 2000, the frameworks were all unified in THEE, including provision of space for undiscovered areas.

The nature of the context for LoW emerged: it was human will in action within society. This inevitably manifests in a large (but not indefinite) number of inter-related frameworks. THEE offers both a natural language and formula-style representation of the realities of human endeavour in all its various structural and dynamic manifestations. It is directly comparable to the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements eg formulae enable identification and description of psycho-social entities as yet unrecognized.

Beginning in 2008, a website project has enabled the Taxonomy frameworks to be progressively posted with many new frameworks developed in a public environment and open to interaction. By 2013, sufficient discoveries and elaboration meant that investigation of the unexpected taxonomic architecture could commence. As a result, the main structural forms are now understood in terms of human needs and mechanisms, and conjectures have been developed as to the neurobiological origins.

WK - 2007 Revised 2009, 2011, 2014

Contributions to the field


Web site for the THEE Project


Degrees and certifications

  • B.Sc.(Hons) - Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia 1966

  • MBBS (Hons) - Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia 1970
  • MRCPsych - Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, United Kingdom 1974
  • AMBPsA (Qualification) - International Psychoanalytic Association, London, United Kingdom 1977

Contact Info


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
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.
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
Former RO-experienced CEO, Ron Harding, provides coaching to CEOs of start-ups and small and medium-size companies that are exploring their own use of RO concepts.  His role is limited, temporary and coordinated with the RO-based consultant working with the organization
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.
A Sweden-based consultancy, Enhancer practices time-span based analysis, executive assessment, and provides due diligence diagnosis to investors on acquisitions.
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
Requisite Organization International Institute distributes Elliott Jaques's books, papers, and videos and provides RO-based training to client organizations