Cognitive Process Profile

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The Cognitive Process Profile (CPP) is an automated simulation exercise that externalises and tracks thinking processes to evaluate:

  • a person's preferred cognitive style
  • a suitable work environment (according to Elliott Jacques stratified systems theory)
  • personal strengths and development areas
  • learning potential
  • the judgement and strategic capability of adults in the work environment

Unlike conventional psychometric ability and IQ tests, which primarily measure crystallised ability in specific content domains, the CPP measures information processing tendencies and capabilities. It also measures 'fluid intelligence' and 'learning potential', by tracking information processing in unfamiliar and fuzzy environments. The CPP predicts cognitive performance in complex, dynamic and vague (or VUCA) work contexts such as professional, strategic and executive environments.

It was developed by Dr S M Prinsloo, founder of Cognadev, and released in 1994. Since then it has been translated into several languages and applied internationally for the purposes of leadership assessment, succession planning, selection and development, team compilation as well as personal and team development within the corporate environment.

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  • Jacques, Elliott. (1988) Requisite Organisations,Cason Hall & Co, Arlington,VA. ISBN 1-886436-03-7
  • Beer, Stafford. The Viable System Model: Its Provenance, Development, Methodology and Pathology, The Journal of the Operational Research Society Vol. 35, No. 1 (Jan., 1984), pp. 7–25