Thank you for dropping in. I'm Joseph Arul, often known only as M.J. Arul. I speak Tamil, English and Hindi. I can also correspond in these languages, though not with equal ease!
I hail from Susaiapperpatnam, about seventy kilometres east of Madurai, Tamilnadu, South India. After completion of my eighth grade at the village and high school at Kalaiyarkoil, a roadside town about 45 minutes' walk to the west of Susaiapperpatnam, I left home in 1962 to join a seminary. After several years of scholastic and spiritual training there, I relinquished my seminary life, following an experimentation within myself.
My work life began in 1972 with a job in sales, which I quit in about a year's time to join a multidisciplinary team at the Space Application Centre of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which was then to launch a Satellite Instructional Television Experiment, covering six contiguous states of the country. After a short stint of about six months at ISRO, I joined the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, where I worked for a little over six years, initially as a research assistant and later as a Course Associate in the Organisational Behaviour Area. While with the IIM-A, I took up visiting faculty assignments and taught Psychology at the National Institute of Design and Personnel Management at Bhavan's College, Ahmedabad.
On July 1, 1980, I joined the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, (IRMA), which was then less than a year old. I've been with the Institute since then. I shall soon be moving.
Despite my long disinclination to do a PhD, I undertook a study of interpersonal needs of managers, along the lines of the revised theory of FIRO (Element-B), and completed my doctorate in 1994. Subsequently, I underwent the initial and advanced phases of The Human Element training, conducted in California by Dr. Will Schutz, the father of the FIRO theory.
All along, I've been more a teacher and trainer than a writer or anything else. My research and consultancy have been modest. I hope you find my writings, limited as they are, worth your time. Please do tell me if you have something to say on them. Thanks again for dropping in.