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Identifying the Ability Requirements of Jobs, Assessing Effective Leadership

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Through its relationships with George Mason University and the University of Maryland, MRI utilizes a cadre of experienced Ph.D. candidates as research assistants to supplement its staff of Ph.D.-level project managers in 12 countries.

About the Founder

     Edwin A. Fleishman, Ph.D., is internationally known for his research on human abilities and the analysis of work requirements. Dr. Fleishman has been a professor at Yale University, and the University of California,  is  Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Emeritus at George Mason University, and is currently President of Management Research Institute, Inc.

     Dr. Fleishman is the author of numerous journal articles, encyclopedia articles and books, including Studies in Personnel and Industrial Psychology, Psychology and Human Performance, The Structure and Measurement of Physical Fitness, Current Developments in the Study of Leadership, Handbook of Human Abilities, Human Performance & Productivity, and Taxonomies of Human Performance. He has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Psychology, and has served on the editorial boards of the journals Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, Human Resource Management Review, Leadership Quarterly and the International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics.

     He has been elected president of three Divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), including the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP),  the Division of Evaluation and Measurement, and the Division of Engineering Psychology,  and also served as Chair of APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment. He was also elected president of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

     Honors he has received include the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology and more recently its Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. He has also received the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In recognition of his contributions the University of Edinburgh awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree.

About the Chief Operating Officer

     Jeffrey B. Fleishman, MGA, received his Bachelor of Science at Cornell University and completed his Masters of General Administration at the Graduate School of Management and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park. He has a twenty years experience in sales and marketing, and successfully organized the startup and financing of a pre-IPO telecommunications corporation.

With MRI, he has:

  • Managed the business development of the government contracting division of MRI, Inc. Initially capitalized with a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (Army Research Institute), the division grew to a multi-million dollar per year contract base.  MRI provided research, evaluation, training, expert witness, and human resource management consulting services to the Social Security Administration (Disability Insurance Program), Dept. of Labor, EEOC, NSA, Dept. of Defense, NATO, Pennsylvania State Police, San Francisco Fire Dept., The City of Richmond, Virginia, DuPont, Schering-Plough, and various other commercial clients.

  • Managed a multi-million dollar software development project to produce a Windows based management development application to help assess and train the leadership skills and executive competencies required of senior military officers for the U.S. Army. Utilized at the National Defense University.

  • Managed the patent application process and marketed Metacognitive Leadership Exercises©, a Web-based executive assessment and coaching application. Marketed the F-JAS©, Functional Job Analysis©, and other MRI publications.

  • Negotiated and managed a multi-million dollar contract required by appellate court consent decree for development and validation of the selection and promotion exams for Pennsylvania State Police officers. Approval and use of these exams resulted in the settlement of the longest running litigation of a fairness in hiring dispute in U.S. history.

  • Arranged teaming agreements and sub-contractor agreements for the use of MRI proprietary intellectual property by the Department of Labor for the O*NET® Project, an interactive Web-based occupational analysis methodology used to replace the outmoded Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

  • Managed MRI operations including supervising bid and proposal development, team building, personnel management, project management, total quality management (TQM), financial reporting and budgeting, and compliance with federal regulations (FAR), accounting guidelines (DCAA), and security clearance requirements (DISCO).

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