About the Hartman Value Profile (HVP)
Known widely as the forefather of modern axiology (the study of value), logician and philosopher Robert S. Hartman was one of the most sought after business consultants in the US. Though Hartman passed away in 1973, the legacy of this Nobel Peace Prize nominee lives on in the application of his work in the field of axiology (the science of value).
After considering the atrocity of the “evils” of World War II, Hartman began to research the subject of “What is good?” Hartman hoped to organize good as efficiently and effectively as evil, seeking a method for measuring the “intangibles” in life with the goal of measuring them objectively. Based on the formula Vx=2n-1, Hartman established the three value dimensions: intrinsic (human), extrinsic (concrete) and systemic (theoretical)—the foundation for his Hartman Value Profile (HVP). The HVP is not a description of what is valuable, but is rather a test to determine what people regard as valuable. More importantly, the HVP is a proven diagnostic tool for predicting future performance in candidates for advanced positions in the corporate setting. Unlike conventional behavioral methods, profiling values cannot be manipulated.
Hartman’s vision and work continues today through the Robert S. Hartman Institute (RSHI), whose mission is to “collect, compile, preserve, and protect in unity and solidarity information concerning and related to the formal and applied axiological value foundations and legacy (value theory) of Robert S. Hartman.”