The history of Adizes dates back to the spring of 1966, when a young Ichak Adizes, as part of his doctoral dissertation, studied the Yugoslav industrial democracy-management system. This democratic approach to management stood in stark contrast to the top down management approach used in the United States, and it was by studying these two approaches and evaluating their relative strengths and weaknesses that the Adizes® Methodology was first conceived.
In 1971, the book Industrial Democracy: Yugoslav Style was published to much acclaim. The book was immediately translated into many languages establishing Dr. Adizes as an expert on the subject of the democratization of organizations, a subject he was invited to speak on at events around the world. That same year Dr. Adizes established the MDOR (Management Development and Organizational Research) Institute where he worked with clients as a consultant. It was at this stage that the application of the Adizes® Methodology was first tested and refined.
By 1979, the name MDOR Institute had been changed to the Adizes Institute and Dr. Adizes had already published his second and third books, Self Management – New Dimensions to Democracy and How to Solve the Mismanagement Crisis, respectively. With increased demands for Dr. Adizes’ consulting services, he resigned his tenure at UCLA Graduate School of Management so that he could dedicate more of his time to developing and documenting the Adizes® Methodology.
Dr. Adizes first started training and certifying others in the Adizes® Methodology as far back as 1977. Since then hundreds of individuals have been trained and certified in the Adizes® Methodology establishing thriving offices around the world.
Over the past few decades the Adizes Institute has emerged from a one-man operation into a multinational service organization. Dr. Adizes has written 26 books to 40 languages, has 21 honorary doctorates and two honorary citizenships for his contributions to the country.
Recipient of the Life Time Achievement award by the International Academy of Management.
Adizes Professionals are trained in various applications of the Adizes Methodology. Below you can find a list of different levels of qualifications and certifications.
We are a quickly expanding network of professionals coming from over 30 countries, crossing all cultural lines and professional backgrounds. We are engineers, psychologists, theologians, doctors, teachers, businessmen and even nuclear physicists. We are united by a common management language and the guiding principle of mutual trust and respect.
We work with all types of organizations, including religious, not-for profits, hospitals, government and academic institutions. We regularly meet to learn from our cumulative experiences and further develop our practice. We took the “symb” from symbiotic, and the “ergist” from synergistic to name our profession. We call ourselves “Symbergists” and we practice organizational transformation.
Certified Adizes Organizational Symbergists™ are trained and certified to deliver Adizes change management services in specific areas for which they have been certified as manifested by their rank/title: Associate, Senior Associate, Principal Associate and Senior Principal Associate.
Associates are able to both provide training in Adizes, as well as knowledgeably apply the methodology for organizational transformation, in relevant and meaningful ways that reflect the best practices of Adizes as developed and continuously updated since 1977. All Certified Adizes Organizational Symbergists™ are subject to the ethical codes of the Association of Certified Adizes Practitioners International, (ACAPI).
For more than forty years, Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes has developed, tested and documented the proprietary methodology that bears his name.
The Adizes Methodology for Organizational transformation provides tools for corporations, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to achieve exceptional results and manage accelerated change without destructive conflict.
"Ichak Adizes – one of the outstanding people that works on the theory of management and leadership development. I have read many of his books and am a big fan of his.”
"Adizes has been an invaluable resource and insightful advisor in my efforts to restore entrepreneurial vitality to mature business organizations throughout the world.”
"One of the most insightful, experienced and compelling educators of our time.”
"Profound in its simplicity. The Adizes methodology has made me a better manager.”
"Ichak has simplified management theory. His message is clear and concise...Like reading Peter Drucker, the more time you invest in Mastering Change the higher your return on investment. "
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