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Bioss is a global network of organisation and people development consultancies, working in the private, public and third sectors in twenty countries.


Bioss was founded in 1967 by Elliott Jaques, a Canadian psychoanalyst who moved to the UK during World War II to become a founding member of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in London.[1] Soon after the war he began a thirty-year working relationship with Wilfred Brown, the managing director of a British engineering company called Glacier Metal, and Minister of State for the Board of Trade in the UK from 1965 to 1970. Jaques and Brown were members of a postwar generation that was looking again at the relationships between society, production and employees. In his book People and Performance, Peter Drucker described the combination of their empirical research and original thinking as "the most extensive study of actual worker behavior in large-scale industry."

When Brown became Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University in 1965, he encouraged the University to set up a School of Social Sciences, and Elliott Jaques became its Head. The Brunel Institute of Organisation and Social Studies (Bioss) was set up within the School as a self-financing research and consultancy unit with Jaques as its Director.[2]

Gillian Stamp[3] joined Bioss in 1974, collaborating with John Isaac (a lecturer in mathematics and physics at Brunel) to develop his theory of a matrix of levels of complexity and Jaques's theory into a practical procedure for evaluating capability called Career Path Appreciation.[4] In South Africa, Career Path Appreciation was used well before the change of regime to evaluate the potential of black men and women and to support their development.[5][6]

Since leaving the Brunel campus in 1999, Bioss has evolved into a global network of consultancies with a presence in twenty countries.[7]