Research and Validity

Kolbe Corp EEOC Information

This study supports that the Kolbe A™ Index is not biased by gender, age or race.

Statistical Report on Kolbe Indexes

Conducted by Dr. Ryan Thomas, this study provides summaries and meta-analyses of research performed by independent researchers and consultants as well as studies commissioned by Kolbe.

University of Arizona Research - Forming Effective Teams in a Workplace Environment

This thesis focuses on forming effective teams in a workplace environment. Shortened version.

Striving Instincts and Conative Strengths: Assessing The Test-Retest Reliability of The Kolbe A™ Index

An abbreviated version of a paper presented to the 2008 Western Academy of Management conference by Dr. Angela Young on the test-retest reliability of the Kolbe A™ Index using data gathered from 1991 through 2006.

Kolbe Statistical Handbook

The Kolbe Wisdom™ has grown out of Kathy Kolbe's scientific studies, begun in 1970, of learning differences among children.

Conation: A Missing Link in the Strengths Perspective by Karen Gerdes

Conation: The Missing Link in the Strengths Perspective

This article, from the July, 2008 issue of Social Work, is authored by Karen E. Gerdes and Layne K. Stromwall, both of Arizona State University's School of Social Work. In addition to providing a thorough history of the concept of conation and Kathy Kolbe's contributions to the understanding of instinct-driven behaviors, the article outlines a "strengths-based" approach to the practice of social work and suggests areas for future research. The authors, drawing on personal experience as well as documented research studies, conclude that adding conative assessments to cognitive and affective assessments can help social workers create practical interventions which can help individuals achieve a higher quality of life.

Wisdom of the Ages: Historical & Theoretical Basis of The Kolbe Concept™

Ancient philosophers and modern psychologists share the concept of a three-part mind with separate domains for thinking (cognitive), feeling (affective), and doing (conative). Learn more about the history and theory behind the conative part of the mind, defined as action derived from instinct, purposeful striving, or volition.