GO Academic Honour Roll: Jerry B. Harvey


Jerry B. Harvey - (Deceased)
Professor Emeritus
The George Washington University
McLean Virginia
United States 221


Recognition for significant work supporting the dissemination, teaching, and research on Elliott Jaques' concepts

Developed a close personal friendship with Elliott Jaques when Jaques lived in the Washington DC area

Arranged for Elliott Jaques to be appointed a Senior Research Fellow at George Washington University Business School

Collaborated with Jaques in supervising a number of doctoral dissertations related to Jaques' theories

Taught Elliott Jaques' theory in his organization behaviour? classes

Wrote "The Elephant in the Parlour:  Who the Hell is Elliott Jaques?", a chapter in his book When I'm stabbed in the back, how come my fingerprints are on the knife?

Introduced Jaques' concepts to diverse audiences through his many talks especially introducing Jaques' ideas over the years to Vistage groups (formerly called TEC)

Recognition by the Global Organization Design Society:

Senior Fellow of the Society

Appointed by GO Board to the GO Advisory Council.

Name by GO Board to the GO Society Academic Honour Role.

Contributions to the Global Organization Design Society:

Contributed his article,  "The Elephant in the Parlour:  Who the Hell is Elliott Jaques?" to the GO web site- for Spanish and English links click here

Provided video interview of his friendship with Elliott Jaques and his experience with requisite concepts - for links click here


Jerry B. Harvey is Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University. He earned a B.B.A. and a Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Texas in Austin.

He is author of approximately fifty articles and book chapters including, They Whips the Horse that Pulls the Cart, Organizations as Phrog Farms, Interrupted Prayers and Organizational Un-learning, Why I Think It Is Immoral to Give and Receive Feedback, and Learning to Not-teach.

Jerry also has authored two books: The Abilene Paradox, and How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back, My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? In addition, he is featured in several movies dealing with organizational behavior: The Abilene Paradox, The Asoh Defense, and The Gunsmoke Phenomenon.

Over the years, he has served as a consultant to a wide variety of business, educational, health care, voluntary, military, and religious organizations.


Jerry Harvey passed away on August 1, 2015, of complications from Parkinson's disease and congestive heart failure. He was born in Austin, Texas, on November 14, 1935. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Texas, and remained an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns. He married his beloved wife, Beth, on August 4, 1962. He was the loving father of Scott Harvey and Suzanne Harvey (deceased). Jerry was a Professor Emeritus of Management at the George Washington University. During his career he also served as a consultant to a wide variety of industrial, governmental, religious, military, educational and charitable organizations. He authored approximately 50 professional articles, and two books, "The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management" and "How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back, My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? " He is also featured in several videos and a short film focusing on organizational behavior, including "The Asoh Defense," "The Gunsmoke Phenomenon," and "The Abilene Paradox". "Taking a trip to Abilene" has become a widely recognized metaphor for unproductive group behavior. Jerry lived an extraordinary life and his academic, professional, and personal accomplishments were all grounded on a bedrock of honesty. He advocated telling the truth to everyone (especially oneself), which he practiced with his unique blend of humor and compassion. He touched many lives and shaped them for the better. In addition to his family, he will be sorely missed by …. a host of former students, colleagues and friends…..
Published in The Washington Post from Aug. 5 to Aug. 7, 2015



Ph.D. - Social Psychology - University of Texas in Austin, United States


Harvey, Jerry (c. 1982 ?).  “Time Span and Work, Capacity Questionnaire.”  Unpublished.
Harvey, Jerry B., 1992, "Musing about the Elephant in the Parlor, or 'Who the Devil Is Elliott Jaques?'" in Elliott Jaques Festschrift, Cason Hall, Gloucester, MA.  Also printed in his 1999 book, How Come ... (q.v.). 

Lunøe, Nikolaj, 2003, Elefanten i dagligstuen. (Introduktion til Elliott Jaques og hans teorier)  23/03 Psykolog Nyt.  [Danish translation: “The Elephant in the Parlor,” (Introduction to Elliott Jaques and his Theories), Psychology News, March 23, 2003, Publisher: Danish Psychology Association.]

Meditaciones sobre el elefante en la sala de estar o ¿Quién diablos es Elliott Jaques? Spanish translation, Harald Solaas.

Harvey, Jerry B., 2004 e., “The Future of OD, or Why Don’t You Take the Tubes Out of Grandma?” a chapter in Burke, W. Warner, and David Bradford, eds., 2004 e., The Future of OD, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA.


The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management
Harvey, Jerry B., 1988, The Abilene Paradox, Lexington Books, Lexington, MA, 150 p.


How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back my Fingerprints are on the Knife? Harvey, Jerry B., 1999, How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? and Other Meditations on Management, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 264p.

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United States 20112-3863
Telephone:     703-730-7799

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.
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
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
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