The Maturity Institute’s Professional, Scientific, Test of Management Quality

The Maturity Institute (MI) is to professional management what the UK’s General Medical Council is to professional medicine. Both institutions have had to work very hard to protect our professionally-trained, practitioners from quackery. This is what the British Medical Journal article ‘The movement toward the professionalization of medicine.’ has to say on the issue: –

“The second problem related to competition from unqualified practitioners. Here the conventional argument within the profession was that medical education was an investment and that unqualified practitioners were denying those who were qualified a legitimate return on that investment. Qualified practitioners also pointed to the harm that unqualified practitioners…[i] 

Since 2015 the Maturity Institute has been building its own movement towards the professionalization of management and now we are having to protect our own professionally trained members because the incidence of imitation and outright quackery is rising.

MI sees no difference between medicine and mature management: both fields have to adopt exactly the same, scientific, evidence-based principles. MI trains managers, from all disciplines, to be able to measure, and externally and objectively verify, their highest professional standards. MI fully recognises, acknowledges and adheres to the principle that: –

“Of course, there can only be one science of management behavior[ii]  

The Maturity Institute is the quality mark of that science. So when we meet managers, consultants and advisers who do not acknowledge this principle, or fail to meet our standards of Total Stakeholder Value capitalism[iii], it is our sworn duty to bring them to account for their ‘quack medicine’ and bring it to the attention of all their stakeholders.

Unfortunately, there is still a very long way to go in making management scientific and, in doing so, render it truly professional. This is why MI is strengthening its guardianship by introducing our test of authentic, management maturity. Immature managers can only learn when they have recognised and acknowledged their own immaturity and established the maturity of their own organization.  Take our quick test now and you will find the key areas you need to work on for a heightened state of management professionalism and maturity.

Please note, every ‘No’ answer on the Test indicates a tendency to sub-MI-standard, non-scientific, non-evidence-based, non-value management practice. In other words, more ‘No’s’ equate to a greater tendency to be a ‘quack manager’.

The ‘Test’

Q 1. Do you readily acknowledge that “Of course, there can only be one science of management behaviour.”

Yes or No?

Q 2. Are all your management (problem solving) decisions based on the scientific method of evidence collection, causation, diagnosis, prescription, treatment and evaluation?

Yes or No?

Q 3. Is your own management behaviour based on a recognised, and externally validated, evidence-based[iv] standard?

Yes or No?

Q 4. Do you operate within a wider, well-defined, mature, organizational management system (defined as a system with a purpose to create as much Total Stakeholder Value as possible while minimising risk)?

Yes or No?

Q 5. Does everyone in your organization work to the same, defined system while continuously improving its value?

Yes or No?

Q 6. Do you have a clear definition and understanding of what value means; and a method for measuring your contribution to it?

Yes or No?

Q 7. Do you have a clear definition of, and standard for, what constitutes valid evidence?

Yes or No?

Q 8. Have you ever come across a term including the words ‘management maturity’ before?

Yes or No?

Q 9. Have you ever read, been educated in, or trained to use any of the Maturity Institute defined terms of ‘mature management’, ‘HR maturity’, ‘learning maturity’ or ‘organizational maturity’?

Yes or No?

Q 10. Have you ever worked for an organization rated at BBB- or higher on OMINDEX® (MI’s organisational health diagnostic and rating system)?

Yes or No?

Q 11. Do you follow a management philosophy that has a moral and ethical code to be scientific in serving all stakeholders as well as you possibly can?

See also “It’s time to end the snake oil and quackery by professionalising ‘organizational health”

The Maturity Institute’s Professional, Scientific, Test of Management Quality’ and ‘Quack Manager Test’ Copyright Maturity Institute, 2021


[i] The movement toward the professionalization of medicine.’ Article in BMJ Clinical Research · November 1990 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.301.6754.688 · https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2224238/,

[ii] Quoted by Aubrey C. Daniels in “Bringing out the best in people” (McGraw Hill, 2000); attributed to Ed Anderson, Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies board of trustees. Full quotation is “Being a chemist by profession, I often wondered why there is only one chemistry, one biology, one physics and there are 10,000 psychologies. Of course there can be only one science of behavior”.

[iii] The Mature Corporation – A Model of Responsible Capitalism (2019) 

[iv] See Evidence-Based Management, by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton, reported in HBR (January 2006) https://hbr.org/2006/01/evidence-based-management

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