Faculty Profile: Mark Jones

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Mark Jones

School: Organizational Leadership and Transformation

MARK R. JONES, Chair, Leadership & Organization Development (LOD) Department, LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University; 2010-Present
Mr. Jones leads and develops LOD faculty effectiveness, assuring consistent and high-quality curriculum delivery across programs; engages in strategic conversations to develop greater LIOS and LOD presence in the marketplace and attract interest by leaders, managers and consultants. He leads LIOS process improvement efforts. He has designed, led, and implemented a major revision to mission and curriculum. The task was originally planned to take five years to accomplish, however Mr. Jones completed it in 13 months by establishing and leading a cross-functional team of faculty, administration, founders, alumni, current students, and consultants. Mr. Jones has developed the new strategic vision and plan, and new syllabi and course materials, and he has taught one complete cycle of new program. H developed the LIOS strategic partnership plan (Corporate and Educational Partners), and tested implementation of some of the plan elements using the LOD program revisions. Mr. Jones led the LOD Department through WASC accreditation process.

MARK R. JONES, Assistant Professor, Leadership & Organization Development (LOD) Department, LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University; 2010-Present
Mr. Jones teaches LOD courses: Professional Consultation; Practicum: Consulting Theory in Action; Strategic Leadership: Structural Design (B-Corp); Consultation: Executive Coaching Interventions; Consultation: Organizational Conflict; Leading Change: Organizational Interventions; Consultation: Training Interventions; Consultation: Facilitation Interventions; Organizational Psychology: Cross?Functional Teaming; Consultation: Presentation Design & Delivery; Operations: Leadership and Management; Practitioner Theory Seminar (Oral Exam); and Seminar: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues. Teach Core courses in: Epistemology, Integrative Group Learning: which includes work on Compassionate Leadership (H-S-L Practice) and Sustainability, Foundations of Leadership, Systems Theory in Applied Behavioral Systems, Intercultural Intelligence, Group Membership Theory, Group Leadership Theory, Creating Healthy Social Systems, and Organization Membership.

MARK R. JONES, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ? The Sunyata Group
Mr. Jones is a professional leader, manager, innovator, and consultant, and has over twenty-five years of full-time professional experience, including five years of fulltime experience serving at a senior executive level (CEO / Executive VP / Corporate VP / CIO / CTO / CTA) in organizations with annual budgets of $100M or greater, and in non-profit and elected and/or appointed positions. He has an additional ten years experience doing pro bono and/or small business and small non-profit work in an executive capacity. He has performed, coached, and consulted multinational corporations and the U.S. Government: including ALCOA, Boeing, DoC, DoD, DoE, DoI, Treasury, and NASA. Mr. Jones has over ten years of experience doing international work, including one year of international residency through travel assignments.

Mr. Jones is the developer of the integrated Process Improvement and Personal & Organizational Development ("PI+POD") approach that he uses to address extinction-level and critical issues ("wicked problems"). Using "PI+POD", he has achieved over a billion dollars in cost savings, cost avoidance, and/or revenue generation over the course of his professional career. He is known for his compassionate, effective and innovative, leadership practices; and skillfully applying wisdom, and business, technical, cultural, and political savvy.

As an educator, Mr. Jones has delivered business management lectures on social-emotional-cultural intelligences and skills, leadership development, and change management to: Antioch University (Seattle), Seika University (Kyoto Japan), Morris-Brown College (Atlanta), and at numerous conferences. He has delivered technical lectures on data resource management, information resource management, database technology, object-oriented systems, business intelligence, and/or enterprise management & integration to: Univ. of Washington, Boeing, ACM, ANSI, APEC, DAMA, DRMA, OMG, IEEE, ISO, PDES/STEP, SME, and others.

Mr. Jones objective is: To live, work, and play in the inquiry: "What becomes possible, or can be done more efficiently and effectively together ? than can be accomplished separately?" His gift is that he has trained himself to integrate: emotional-social-cultural competencies, wise leadership, and performance improvement methods, tools, technologies and skillfulness. This results in high levels of individual and organizational innovation, effectiveness, efficiency, and joy.

Mr. Jones has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Systems Analysis from Western Washington University, and a Masters of Science degree in Management from Antioch University (Seattle). He is currently working on a earning a PhD in Organizational Systems at Saybrook University, with a focus on the relationship between emotional-social-cultural competencies and performance improvement (quality/process optimization).

What Mr. Jones brings to table is that he is an innovator with a breadth of lived-in and refined experience and teaching in the areas of: leadership; leadership development; personal development; and organization development, optimization, and operations. He has large-scale experience and small-scale experience. He has "line management" experience and "consulting" experience. He has organizational development experience and operations experience. He has non-management, management, senior management, executive, and Board experience. He has technical, non-technical, and artistic experience. He has for-profit, non-profit, and government experience. He has elected, appointed, hourly, salaried, and contract work experience. And he has over forty-two years of personal development training and practice, including over thirty years teaching.

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

M.S. Management, 1996, Antioch University - Seattle
B.A. Systems Analysis, 1978, Western Washington University

Current Projects and Professional Activities

  • Organization development, innovation, optimization, administration, and strategic planning
  • Large-scale systems architecture and integration (enterprise management) programs
  • Customer-facing technology planning, development, and implementation
  • Culture & Change Management
  • IT and IS product research and development, operations, and infrastructure

Important Conference Presentations

Research Interests

Leadership & Management (Senior | Executive)
     >  Community Capacity-Building | Team Building 
     >  Facilitation (Process Design | Hosting)
     >  Program Management (SE&I | Business Continuity)
     >  Mastery (Personal | Organizational)
Optimization (Personal | Organizational)
     >  Cultural Change | Values-based Decision-Making 
     >  Process Mgmt & Improvement (Lean | TOC | Agile) 
     >  Informatics | Cybernetics 
     >  Enterprise Mgmt | Architecture | IT | Automation
Sustainability Strategy (“Net-Provider” Approach)
     >  Natural Resources —
            +  Water (surface water reclamation)
            +  Food (community gardens and CSA)
            +  Energy (renewable and energy reclamation)
     >  Infrastructure Resources (whole-lifecycle) 
            +  Technology Design | Reuse | Recycle
            +  Facilities & Mfg | Transportation & Distr
            +  Information (data, knowledge, wisdom)
     >  Human Resources —
            +  Wellness (health resource optimization)
            +  Human Services (basic needs)
            +  Compassionate Human Relationships

Research Expertise

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling