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The IGOR story

Working with large Australian Research and Development (R&D) organisations in the Human Sciences was the world I knew best, with my eye on the commercial world of consulting and innovation.

During the late 1980's and early 1990's, an amazing array of projects throughout the R&D industry called for the skill sets of a Human Scientist ranging from the use of specialised knowledge of  social human behavior for identity profiling to the unique applications of animal behavior for NASA missions, to the exploition of federated management systems, to the employment of simulated reality for team development, to the construction of agent-based modelling for organisational development decision making, to the pursuit for efficient leadership training and complex system design for human centred systems. Less sensational to non-scientists, but just as fundamental to the outcomes of the physical sciences: chemical, biological, engineering and physics research, was the Human Scientist's abiity to develop accurate research designs when working with Human subjects, ensuring the validity and realiability of results for the physical scientists.

As Human Science grew in popularity in the R&D industries of Australia during the late 1990's and early 2000's, it became ever more apparent that Human Science offered a signficiant advantage when there was a direct application to a 'human' client. Further, technology in the western world was reaching a point of maturity; the great minds of Australia were no longer asked to concern themselves with how to build greater technological solutions but how to apply the current technology to better meet the needs of the human user. More emphasis came to be placed on adapting and tailoring technology and tools for human use and manage the technology overload facing the users, rather than invest any further in building more technology that left the human user baffled. The application of Human Science knowledge was demanded to support innovative product development and conceptual system designs.

Commercial companies delivering products to the world also advanced their competitive edge with a stronger emphasis on the Human user and designing not only ergonomically sensitive products but products with a human centred approach which sought to make the technoogy intuitive to a user. Human-centred design was charging ahead. Of most note was Apple, who led the way in the 90's and continues to do so today, with ever increasing tools designed to enhance human capability. Many other companies are recongising the advantage and increasing expectation of the client market to use products that empower the user and not seek to replace them. This represents a significant shift in thinking from the industrial age, where developing technology to eliminate tedious and menial tasks (e.g. the development of washing machine, microwave ovens or the common car) had dominated.

Similarly the organisation of people to achieve profound outcomes - be they in commercially structured organisations or organised for a single common purpose (such as a mass demonstration) - had begun to emerge in a new light, following a long period dominated by Tayloristic thinking.

The knowledge economy and innovative creative organisations were no longer jusy buzz words. The top ranking characteristics of sucessful organisations were; innovation and ways to empower knowledge workers. Innovation was centre stage in companies like Google, where organisational systems were considered fundamental to harness innovation and creativity of staff. Designing organisations to achieve outcomes of the modern commercial world requires the development of complex structures and systems that do not resemble any of the qualiities of an efficient and lean manufacturing organisation so demanded in the last decade. Human Science offers the lens through which these complex organisational structures can be understood with the unique combination of psychology, economics, anthropoogy and sociology. Once understood Human Science then offers viable creative alternatives to build these complex strucutres and systems that optimise organisations with the promise that they will sustain us into the future; where the knowledge economy thrives and innovation becomes commonplace.

So in mid 2000 I saw this trend gathering momentum. I recognised the majority of R&D organisations that housed the skilled and competent Human Scientist were suffering from their own histories of being organised along engineering principles and structures, meaning their capacity to adapt to the increasing demand of  Human-centric thinking would be significantly limited within the next 20 years.

I imagined one key to increasing the capabiity of Human Science in Australia would be to establish an independent organisation that could grow, develop and nurture Human Scientists to explore all that the market demanded and required, and guarantee a Human-Centred approach to innovation while firmly establishing the benefits of empowering Human capabiity.

My own work has always seen me driven to understand the dynamics of systems and organisation with a healthy twist of innovation, and an insatiable drive to enhance and empower humans to achieve more. 

In the beginning IGOR built up services in support of Australian R&D organisation and then developed some of these services for commercial organisations. Harnessing services from the R&D environment, ahead of commercial organisations by 5-10 years, meant those same organisations we assisted were benefiting from knowledge they had not had access to before. Six years on, IGOR has stretched its service to large blue chip organisations and government departments from a portfolio of capabilty that has extended our vision; to enhance Human capabiity by taking a Human-centred approach to organisation and technology, and many more clients are benefiting. 

Our clients are generally those who understand that the Human element of their project is fundamental to their project's success. They are the clients who can see the whole of their strategic landscape and understand the value of understanding and bulding products and systems that will be LOVED by their clients.  

 


Updates on IGOR

  • IGOR judges the fourth IAUR GXT, The Future of the Body in 2044
    We were delighted to be invited by the Australian National University (ANU) on July 18th 2014, to judge the Fourth Annual International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global Cross-Disciplinary Tournament (GXT), a student driven event that promotes cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural teamwork. The tournament brings teams of undergraduate students from across the world, to produce innovative (and […]
  • IGOR continues to support LEGACY WEEK
    The beginning of September saw the Canberra IGOR office put to good use again for a second year, to coordinate the many volunteers including ADFA Cadets, eager to assist in raising funds for the families of veterans. Thanks to the generosity of visitors, businesses and residents of Manuka, Legacy Week was a great success.
  • IGOR & The Building Leadership Simulation Centre
    IGOR has been invited to visit the Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) in Melbourne, Victoria this month. The BLSC is a world leading capability in simulation for Australia. It represents a quantum leap for training in the building and construction industry in Australia. With state-of-the-art simulation technology, the BLSC is designed to assist the building […]
  • IGOR and HVHF, Strategic Partners
    IGOR Australia and HVHF Sciences, North America have established a strong strategic partnership. IGOR and HVHF together have the capability to bring great benefit to their respective clients. Combining the strength of IGOR’s experience to construct systems that enhance human capability along with HVHF’s specialized Human Factors knowledge to minimize the likelihood of catastrophic & […]
  • IGOR on the AWPA Research Panel
    IGOR is pleased to announce it has been selected as a preferred tenderer to provide Research and Consulting support to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) in the Australian  Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).