This page is a list of the references   AMP & jobEQ’s tools are founded on decades of research, and we must acknowledge those that came before us. In addition to books, research reports, and articles, there are several people who have made significant contributions to jobEQ.

General References

  • “Standards for educational and psychological testing”, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological association and the National Council on Measurement in Education, ISBN: 0-935302-25-5
  • Merlevede, Patrick E.C. “Emotional Intelligence as Enabler for Better Business results, 2000. Gestion 2000 Special Issue “Formations Septembre-Decembre 2000.”
  • Merlevede, Patrick et. al. “7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence.” Crown House Publishing, 2000. (revised translation of “7 Lessen in Emotionele Intelligentie” – Garant Uitgeverij, 1999)
  • Merlevede, Patrick and Bridoux, Denis. “Mastering Mentoring and Coaching with Emotional Intelligence.” Crown House Publishing, 2004.
  • Numerous other articles and reports written by Patrick Merlevede, which you will find on various pages of this site.

References for iWAM research and discussion


  • Jung, C.G. “Psychological Types,” Bollingen Series, Princeton University Press, 1971, ISBN 0-691-01813-8. One of Jung’s most important works, and probably the most famous, this book was originally published in 1921. The current English translation (A revision by R.F.C. Hull of the translation by H.G.Baynes) is based on a slightly revised version that is published as Volume 6 of the collected works and includes some other of Jung’s texts on typology.
  • Briggs-Myers, Isabel and Myers, Peter B. “Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type.” Davies-Black Publishing, 1980, ISBN 0-89106-074-X. This book distinguishes the 4 patterns used by MBTI, one of the oldest profiling tools still in use. However, this test doesn’t differ between contexts and discusses education as well as relationships and carreer choices.
  • Charvet, Shelle Rose. “Words That Change Minds – Mastering the Language of Influence.” Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, Dubeque, Iowa, 1995. This book is based on the early version of the LAB profile (13 patterns) as it was taught by Brian Van der Horst in Europe starting from 1987.
  • Bodenhamer, Bob G.and Hall, L. Michael. “Figuring Out People – Design Engineering with Meta-Programs.” Anglo-American Book Company, 1997, ISBN 1-89983-610-1. The authors of this book did an extensive study of the material that is available in the field of cognitive science and categorized more than 50 cognitive patterns or metaprograms. The book indicates how to detect these patterns and gives references to sources for further investigation.
  • Sternberg, Robert J. “Thinking Styles,” Cambridge University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-521-65713-X (IBM Professor of Psychology & Education”, Yale University). This book contains an overview of several cognitive style models, gives a detailed description the Sternberg-Wagner theory of thinking styles which includes of 5 cognitive patterns (13 variables), and contains simple tests for each of these variables.
  • Merlevede, Patrick. “Analyzing Language and Behavior in Top Performers – Its Uses in the Employment Area, International Colloquium on New Technologies Based Learning and Employment Support.” R.U.Gent, Belgium, September 1997.

Cultural Understanding

  • Parsons, Talcot. “The Social System.” The Free Press, 1951. Talcott Parsons has laid the foundations on which Trompenaers built his cross-cultural database. In particular, Talcott researched five concept-pairs or pattern-variables which predict value-orientation. The foundations of this work date back to the book “Structure of Social Action” (Parsons, 1937).
  • Hofstede, Geert. “Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind.” Mc-Graw-Hill, 1991 (paperback HarperCollins ISBN 0-00-637740-8). Geert Hofstede became famous with his book “Culture’s Consequences” (1980) that contained statistical data about the cultural differences between IBM employees. This book is 10 years younger and contains the results of many follow up studies done since the first book menioned, and it points out how these differences can be managed.
  • Trompenaars, Fons and Hampden-Turner, Charles. “Riding the Waves of Culture – Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business.” Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2nd ed., 1997. Fons Trompenaars was introduced to the subject by Geert Hofstede. He extended the research, testing 9 cognitive patterns and collecting more than 30,000 cultural questionnaires which have been summarized in this book.

References for COMET research and discussion

  • Boyatzis, R. “The Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance.” John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1982.
  • Spencer, L.M. and Spencer, S.M. “Competence at Work: Models for Superior Performance.” John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1993.
  • Hamel, G. and Prahalad, C.K. “Competing for the Future.” Harvard Business School Press, Boston, 1994, p. 327.
  • Wood, Robert and Payne, Tim. “Competence Based Recruitment and Selection” John Wiley & Sons, 1998.
  • Goleman, D. “Working with Emotional Intelligence” Bantam Books, New York, 1998, p. 383.
  • Lucia, A.D. and Lepsinger, R. “The Art and Science of Competency Models.” Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 1999, p. 197.

References for VSQ research and discussion

  • Nietzsche, Friedrich. “On the Genealogy of Morals,” 1887. Nietzsche was the first to point out in his work that a big philosophical problem is to determine the true hierarchy of values. The notion of determining a person’s hierarchy of values has been built into our Graves-inspired Value Systems Questionnaire.
  • Graves, Clare W. “Levels of Human Existence: A Transcription Edited by William R. Lee,” ECLET Publishing, 2002.
  • Beck, Don Edward and Cowan, Christopher C. “Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership and Change.” Blackwell Publishers, 1996.
  • Wilber, Ken. “Integral Psychology.” Shambhala Publishing, Boston and London, 2000.
  • Models of development comparison chart h (Grave, Maslow, etc.) Here>>

References for Neuro-Lingusitic Programming research and books

  • Tosey, P. & Mathison, J., (2006) “Introducing Neuro-Linguistic Programming Centre for Management Learning & Development, School of Management, University of Surrey.
  •  Dilts, R., Grinder, J., Delozier, J., and Bandler, R. (1980). Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Volume I: The Study of the Structure of Subjective Experience. Cupertino, CA: Meta Publications. 
  •  Bandler, Richard; John (1975). The Structure of Magic I: A Book about Language and Therapy. Science and Behavior Books Inc. pp. 5–6. 
  • Grinder, John; Carmen (2001). “Whispering In The Wind. J & C Enterprises. “NLP is a modeling technology whose specific subject matter is the set of differences that make the difference between the performance of geniuses and that of average performers in the same field or activity. In this sense, the objective of modeling studies in NLP is to explicate in a transferable and learnable code these sets of differences.1 The core activity, then, is the mapping of tacit knowledge onto an explicit model. This meta-discipline was created by John Grinder and Richard Bandler in the early 70’s.”
  •  Bandler, Richard (1993). Time for a Change. Meta Pubns.  “Two decades ago, the founders of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) sought to answer that “why” usefully. With a functional answer to that question, we could train people to perform like geniuses.”
  • Druckman, Daniel (1 November 2004). “Be All That You Can Be: Enhancing Human Performance”. Journal of Applied Social Psychology 34 (11): 2234–2260
  • John Grinder, Suzette Elgin (1973). “A Guide to Transformational Grammar: History, Theory, Practice.” Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Link to download the NLP Reference List of Scientific Research Papers (77 pages)

References for Metaprograms research and books

For more reference documents please contact us to arrange a visit to JobEQ Documentation Center in Eeklo, Belgium.