Dr Cooper, J

Dr. Jean Cooper is an international Advisor in Leadership. His passion is to accompany leaders and managers on the lonely road towards the continuous transformation and renewal of their institutions. He is the founder and princi- ple advisor of the international leadership advisory firm, Jean Cooper International.

Dr. Cooper is actively involved in the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organisations (CCSGO), the US-based A.K. Rice Institute for Human Rela- tions (AKRI), the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organi- sations (ISPSO), the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute (SCTRI) in Philadelphia, USA, the Forum International de l'innovation Sociale (FIIS) in Paris, France, and the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). He is registered as an Industrial/Organisational Psychologist in South Africa.

Dr. Cooper has consulted to various public and private organisations, specifically on issues related to teams and leadership. He has been involved in project management raining as well as teaching and training in the fields of organisational psychology, systems- and psychoanalytic group theory and qualitative research methods at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Columbia University (New York), The Chicago School of Professional Psy- chology (Chicago), Loyola University (Chicago) and Rosalind Franklin University (Chicago). He has given presentations on his work in Tilburg (The Netherlands), Melbourne (Australia), San Diego (USA), Chicago (USA) and South Africa. He did his doc- toral research through the University of Pretoria, with a dissertation titled: “The forces involved in being a member of a  small group”. Through his research he developed a theory of what it means (and takes) to be a group member – something that he finds particularly useful when dealing with executive teams and boards of directors.

He has participated, as a member, in group relations conferences in the Tavistock tradition, in Leicester (UK), Chicago (IL) and Evanston (IL). He has also served on the consulting staff of group relations conferences at Teachers’ College Columbia University (NY), and Northwestern University, Evanston, (IL) and is a certified Group Relations consultant of the A.K. Rice Institute of Human Relations (USA).

He loves writing, reading and running. He has completed many marathons, including the Comrades Marathon (90km), the Ironman Triathlon, the Cape Odyssey Stage Run (200km) as well as the Fish River Canoe Marathon. He is married to Fransie and they have three kids: ages 9, 6 and 5.

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