Prior to forming a nonprofit entity, the Performance Center was an applied research
and learning laboratory managed by a community of professionals and housed in
the Oregon University System (OUS), in partnership with Oregon State University
(OSU) and Portland State University (PSU). Administered by PSU, the Center’s
work provided a mechanism for university faculty, consultants and researchers
in such fields as management systems engineering, organizational psychology,
and business leadership to apply and refine teachings in organizational settings.
As an organization within the Oregon University System (OUS), the Performance
Center provided consulting services to several organizations to improve organizational
performance, including the Country of Botswana, the US Navy, Oregon State Government
and other public and private organizations. We also conducted action-research
to refine our teachings and to expand the body of knowledge in the transformation
sciences. As of February 1, 2002, the administration of The Performance Center
was transferred to its present nonprofit organization status.