Working Paper | HBS Working Paper Series | 2010

A New Paradigm of Individual, Group and Organizational Performance

by Werner Erhard, Michael C. Jensen and The Barbados Group

Abstract

"The committee is therefore unable to draw conclusions, based on scientific evidence, on what does or does not work to enhance organizational performance" —Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance of the U.S. National Research Council Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (Druckman et al. 1997) The current model of performance, while having produced many improvements in performance during its 100 year reign, has been essentially exhausted leaving in its wake little more than a labyrinth of explanations for human performance. Given that models are constrained and shaped by the paradigm from within which they are generated, a truly new model of performance would require a new paradigm of performance. Our new model of performance (a part of our new paradigm of performance), rather than adding more explanations for why people do what they do and why they don't do what they don't do, provides actionable access to the source of performance. This actionable access to the source of performance opens up a new realm of opportunity for study and research, and for new and more effective interventions, applications, and practices for improving individual, group, and organizational performance.

Keywords: Organizations; Performance Improvement; Research; Opportunities;

Citation:

Erhard, Werner, Michael C. Jensen, and The Barbados Group. "A New Paradigm of Individual, Group and Organizational Performance." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 11-006, July 2010.