About us and the GDQ
GDQ Associates AB is an organisation dedicated to the provision of high quality services in the areas of group and organisational consulting, training, and professional certification. The hallmark of GDQ Associates AB is that all services are firmly based in psychological research. As a result, clients utilizing our services can be confident of the quality and value of GDQ products and services.
The core of GDQ Associates AB is the Group Development Questionnaire (the GDQ) that was developed by Dr Susan Wheelan. Susan Wheelan spent two decades studying the dynamics of work teams. One of the results of that research is the GDQ, which accurately assesses group effectiveness and productivity. Use of the GDQ with teams leads to the development of effective strategies designed to increase team productivity.
In 2014 Susan Wheelan retired and passed her work on to Maria Åkerlund and Christian Jacobsson in Sweden who are determined to keep developing the GDQ in the same spirit of research and high quality.
Our seven ethical principles
Ethical principle 1: GDQ consultants must have considerable knowledge of group development theory and research.
Ethical principle 2: The GDQ measures group functioning. It is not intended, nor does it provide, information about individuals.
Ethical principle 3: The GDQ is intended to assist and support groups in working towards their goals.
Ethical principle 4: The GDQ is a helpful tool and, whenever possible, training in its use should be made available to qualified professionals from non-profit and for-profit organisations without regard to their ability to pay.
Ethical principle 5: The confidentiality of the contents of the GDQ must be preserved.
Ethical principle 6: The GDQ is an instrument with considerable research and there is also ongoing research into its effectiveness with different kinds of groups in a variety of organizations. Therefore, GDQ users are sometimes asked to commit themselves to participate in research studies by sharing their data with GDQ Associates.
Ethical principle 7: It is important to work with groups within the parameters of what is known and to be cautious about the ways in which one intervenes based on the GDQ results.