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About DMA

Brian Dive - AuthorDr Brian Dive is a vastly experienced international manger, consultant, and author, with almost 50 years’ experience in Organization design, all aspects of strategic HR and transformational change in large organizations. He has worked on assignments in 70 countries.

For many years he was Global Head of Organization at Unilever where he led ~50 organization design Greenfield Reviews around the world. From 1995 to 1998 he led and introduced a transformation process in Unilever across 100 countries: “His drive, determination and creativity were the key factors in implementing what may well be the largest HR initiative ever undertaken.” He invented and introduced the DMA (Decision Making Accountability) Solution Set. For 11 years he was chair of the New York Conference Board’s international council on Organization and Management, limited to the top ~20 international companies with a designated OD Vice President/ Director where he contributed to a number of Conference Board publications with Dr R. Kramer. He also ran webcasts and seminars for them in various countries.

In 2000 he set up his own company, DMA Consultancy. His first client was Tesco where he introduced and helped implement his concept of Work Levels as a genuinely integrated basis for organization design, reward management, leadership development and career planning based on the underlying logic the DMA Solution Set. This successful project focussed on building effective structures across the Group, replacing the grading system which was distorting organization design and leadership development and introducing a more robust approach to the identification and development of talent and future leaders in a fast growing organization. The learning from the Unilever and Tesco projects was written up in his first book, The Healthy Organization (2002).

This has been the basis of the approach he has worked on in 70+ clients across the private and public sectors such as Aviva, Barclays Bank, BT, Deutsche Post (DHL division), BAES, Genus and currently Jaguar Land Rover. This work helped turn around Northern Rock prior to sale and has been used in a number of banks. Aspects of the approach, mostly organization design, have been applied in 8 significant Whitehall departments and some of the largest local authorities in the UK, such as Kent CC. The approach has also been used in not for profit organizations. Savings greatly exceed £100m. Some of the lessons of these projects were written up in The Accountable Leader (2008), rated one of the 30 best business book in the US that year.

In 2010 he was Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Organization & Leadership Development. In January 2016, his third book, Mission Mastery. A 100 year old Leadership Secret was published, explaining why transformation efforts in most large organizations often tend to fail and offering a way forward based on his experience in the field. He majored in Psychology and Business Administration at Victoria University. In 2014 he was honoured with a Doctorate in Business Administration by London Metropolitan University where he is also a visiting professor.

Recent clients include, Aviva, Affinity Water Company, BAES, Bupa, BT, COPE, DHL (A global division of Deutsche Post), Experian, Genus, IPL (Wal-mart), JLR (Jaguar Land Rover), River Island, Severn & Trent Water Company, and Tesco Bank & Tesco Stores.

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