Grid International (formerly Scientific Methods) was founded in 1961 by Dr. Robert R. Blake and Dr. Jane S. Mouton, two renowned pioneers in management consulting. They specialized in organization transformation by developing interdependent relationships as a core feature of organization culture. Their exclusive Grid methodology for organization transformation is proven for mobilizing human effort and igniting capacity building, leadership development, change management, conflict resolution and performance improvement in any business or industrial setting.
Blake was an active participant in groundbreaking group dynamics research following WWII as a Fulbright Scholar at UK’s Tavistock Clinic, the National Training Laboratories, Harvard, and The University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He wanted to apply the breakthrough group-based (versus expert-led) learning in organizations. After joining forces with Dr. Jane S. Mouton, they developed the exclusive Grid Organization Transformation methodology.
Blake and Mouton published their initial findings in the now famous 1964 Harvard Business Review article, “A Breakthrough in Organization Development,” which was also included in Harvard Business Review’s 1998 “Business Classics: Fifteen Key Concepts for Managerial Success.” They followed with the first edition of The Managerial Grid book later that year, followed by five editions over the next 40 years. Their work with Exxon took them around the globe, and their work quickly expanded to industrial, airline, medical, energy, and countless other industries.
Harvard Business Review also published Blake and Mouton’s “Overcoming Group Warfare” in 1984, and republished it in 2009 in the Harvard Business Review collection: “Harvard Business Review on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.”
Blake and Mouton’s work was most recently cited in the Harvard Business Review article “What’s Needed Next: A Culture of Candor” by James O’Toole and Warren Bennis, 2009. The authors cited Blake and Mouton’s work with NASA that examined NASA’s ﬁndings on the human factors involved in airline accidents.
Grid methodology accelerates the haphazard process of developing trust and transparency around shared standards of performance excellence in relationships. Participants often comment that they come away with more practical insight for performance improvement and skills after a few hours than in a career’s worth of training. And this doesn’t mean a social event that focuses on morale or team building. It means challenging people in their own workplaces to use candor and transparency as the path to define shared standards for excellent performance.
A devoted team, Drs. Blake and Mouton built a management consulting firm with offices in 40 countries. They published 135 books, 460 professional journal articles, and 290 book chapters (visit our Publications page for more information). They constantly engaged in worldwide client work with millions of participants in a myriad of industries
In his autobiography Dr. Blake summed up how human effectiveness emerges and how it might be enhanced:
Below is a sample of the awards and distinctions that Drs. Blake and Mouton, and Grid International, received over the years.
Awards and professional distinctions of Dr. Robert R. Blake, co-founder of Grid International:
Awards and professional distinctions of Dr. Jane S. Mouton, co-founder of Grid International: