About Us | John Arnold, Ph.D.

John Arnold JOHN D. ARNOLD, PH.D.

The approaches chosen by Polaris reflect the years of experience and research of its founder, Dr. John Arnold. John has nearly 30 years of experience providing consulting services to leading companies. Prior to founding Polaris in 2003, John was a senior vice president in the Human Resources Consulting Group of Aon Consulting, where he directed the U.S. consulting practice and provided account management services to a number of high-visibility national and international clients.

John Arnold has nearly 30 years of consulting experience in the areas of personnel selection and classification, assessment center design and development, and organizational research. Having directed numerous projects with a U.S., as well as international scope, Dr. Arnold is a recognized expert by many of the Fortune 500. Of particular significance is his work in the redesign of salaried and hourly assessment systems for the automotive “Big Three” and the direction of multiple large-scale consortium studies. As one example, the largest of these studies involved the coordination of a nationwide consortium of 63 companies to develop and validate assessment systems for use throughout the insurance and financial services industry.

Dr. Arnold has specialized in providing entry-level hiring systems to companies with large populations of front-line employees. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are only two of the many companies serviced in this arena. John has also provided extensive pro bono services in the not-for-profit sector and he continues to provide free and reduced-cost services to the “not-for profit” sector as an important part of his ongoing professional (and personal) commitment.

Dr. Arnold holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University. His graduate education focused on issues involving personnel selection and assessment, as well as the measurement of employee attitudes, motivation and abilities. John is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Among his many contributions to the professional field, he has served as the President of the Michigan Association of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists.

Dr. Arnold has published and presented a number of professional papers, including publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology and presentations at the national conferences of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.