Dr. Ivor K. Davies is a Chartered Psychologist. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, and Teddington, Middlesex, England. Educated at Birmingham (UK) where he obtained the Cadbury Prize, Illinois (USA) and Nottingham (UK) Universities (where he obtained B.A., M.A., M.Sc., P.G.C.E., F.C.P. and Ph.D. degrees). He held three professorships at Indiana University— instructional systems technology, business administration (adjunct), and cognitive sciences. Highly interested in practical affairs, he also worked as a process consultant in business and industry, dealing with strategic, leadership, globalization and growth issues. He has a special interest in high potential executive identification, assessment, growth and development. He has worked in the area of President & CEO search initiatives, and has worked with Shell International developing a process for the identification, assessment & development of their top 200 executives.
He has worked on five continents for major international corporations, as well as for a number of developing countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East and South East Asia. Currently he is helping a major software company rethink the strategy of each of its strategic business units. He assisted the city of Jeddah to develop a strategy for economic development of the emirate, and led an effort to develop a strategy for economic development for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a whole—consequent upon variations in oil revenues. He was one of 12 senior General Electric consultants (one for each GE business). In this role, he acted as Work-Out Team Leader for GE’s global Industrial and Power Systems Sales (I&PSS) business, as part of what Fortune Magazine referred to “as the largest example of corporate change in the western World”. He has taught at GE’s Management Development Institute in Crotonville; he has been faculty chair for MSDC which teaches leadership skills and development in an innovative experiential format which he helped to design and develop.
Ivor Davies has published extensively. He has written over 150 papers for professional journals, and seven of his books have been translated into up to 15 languages. He served in the Royal Air Force, attaining the rank of Wing Commander (Lt. Colonel), serving in special operations and the Office of the Chief Scientist. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors, The Athenaeum and Royal Air Force Club. In 1982 he was awarded the Fellowship of the British Psychological Society (F.B.Ps.S.) for “substantial and original contribution to the advancement of psychological knowledge and practice.” In 1992 he was awarded the Ronald H. Anderson Memorial Award by the American Society of Training and Development for “outstanding contributions to the field of instructional technology.”