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Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) distributed by Advanced People Strategies

Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI)

The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory (HBRI) evaluates a person's ability to solve problems and make business-related decisions using textual, graphic, and quantitative data. Many psychologists believe that cognitive ability is the single best predictor of occupational performance and other important outcomes, including health, wealth, and life satisfaction.

Further Information

The HBRI is based on evolutionary psychology whereby intelligence is a function of "meta-representational competence" - the ability to reflect on one's past actions, determine where the problems have occurred, and then devise methods to avoid repeating those problems in the future. The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory  evaluates strategic and tactical reasoning using three categories of business data;

  1. Verbal: Information based on conversations, emails and written reports
  2. Quantitative: Information that comes from tables, data in financial reports and statistical analysis.
  3. Graphic: Information that comes from charts, graphs and figures.

Use and Application 

The HBRI is the first measure of reasoning ability based on a theory of intelligence and designed exclusively to predict real-world performance. The Hogan Business Reasoning Inventory is a significant advance in the measurement of cognitive ability for business managers and raises the industry standard.

Scientific research and peer review 

Individual differences in this cognitive capacity enhance performance in every significant domain of human action. Want to find out more about the HBRI and the research behind this model? We have a number of resources and blogs to help:

Features & Benefits

HBRI Report
Key Features Key Benefits
Measures Tactical, Strategic and Critical Reasoning for Managers  Enables benchmarking of the pace and accuracy of a leader's problem solving ability.
Draws on verbal, quantitative and graphic question items Identifies the cognitive abilities important to leadership and problem-solving.
Timed 30 minute on-line test  Simple access and quick to implement both tactically and strategically.
Items developed to minimise reading requirements and adverse impact A unique and trusted and reliable tool, known for scientific rigour.

HBRI Scales

The HBRI evaluates two kinds of problem solving, called Strategic Reasoning and Tactical Reasoning. Strategic Reasoning concerns identifying problems that need to be solved. Tactical Reasoning concerns solving problems once they have been identified. Combining Strategic and Tactical Reasoning generates an overall perspective of Critical Thinking—the ability to contextualise problems and identify bogus assumptions and partisan agendas.

The HBRI evaluates Strategic and Tactical Reasoning using three categories of business data: 1) verbal information based on conversations, e-mails, and written reports; 2) quantitative information that comes from tables, data in financial reports and statistical analyses; and 3) graphic information that comes from charts, graphs, and figures.