The Institute was founded in 2005 by Carl L. Harshman, Ph.D. as the North American strategic partner for jobEQ, the publisher of the iWAM Assessment and creator of the technology for the iWAM Model of Excellence.

The initial activity of the Institute focused on the certification of iWAM professionals.

In 2007, the Institute did the research for the update of the U.S. Standard Group. The report generated by the Institute for jobEQ still represents the standard for such research. We updated the standard group for jobEQ in 2016.

The Institute created the curriculum for iWAM certification that is used in the U.S. and Canada.

Since founding, the Institute has spear-headed a number of publications. Among the publications is the iWAM Resource Guide. In addition the Institute, in cooperation with jobEQ, has sponsored or conducted a variety of research projects related to motivational and attitudinal patterns.

Dr. Harshman and the Institute are part of a growing network of global professionals who are on the cutting edge of technology and applications that will change the landscape of human performance.