The Background of Establishment of IISA VISI WASKITA Ltd.Co.
In mid-2004, after deciding to resign from the University of Surabaya, Dr. Edy Suhardono, M.Psi. started his career as a professional assessor along with some his former students who had been active in Labsos, among others were Audifax, Arfan La Angka, Sugeng Pramono, Mukti Ardi Wibowo. At the time, all the activity was centered in his private house, at Jl. Pandugo Baru XII No 115 (Block U No. 27), Wisma Penjaringansari, Rungkut, Surabaya.
How was it initially that assessment became a field handled by Dr. Edy Suhardono, M.Psi.? Initially, assessment was not a focus of activities of Dr. Edy Suhardono, M.Psi. and his Labsos community. However, since 2001, the demand on training and research, especially from Telkom Regional Division V, East Java, triggered him to construct a new assessment instrument while researching. Later, his experience combining Research and Assessment became a prototype of the creation of Assessment By Research method. His research activity managed to accumulate 40s new assessment instruments outside those commonly used among psychology in particular, and the Human Resources activists in general.
Why should be created new assessment instruments which are not in the market? Facts on the ground show: first, psycho-test tends to be interpreted as a mere proforma – just a merit to justify a decision; so there is no relation between the results of the psychological test and the performance predictability. Second, the spread of "psychological counseling" that sooner or later implicates in the increasingly low correlation between the results of psychological test due to habit of doing test with the content and format of questions and predictability about the ability, skills and competencies of candidates. Third, the growing availability of test materials and psychological reading in various bookstores and flea markets which implicates on the profit of those who can access it.
There is no frog falling from the sky in the rain. Similarly was what happened to Dr. Edy Suhardono, M.Psi., the founder of PT IISA VISI WASKITA. He once headed the Laboratory of Social Psychology, University of Surabaya between 1997 and 2004. As Head of the Laboratory, he considered that the research activities of his Labsos community were not formally embodied in the institutions of formal education; thus he decided to rent a house in Block R No. 30, Wisma Penjaringansari, Rungkut, Surabaya under the banner of "The INSTITUTE of ALTERNATIVE SOCIAL SCIENCE ", a non-governmental research institute which worked between 1998–2004. He, along with his two colleagues of lab staff, Drs. Mohammad Fauzi, M. Psi, and Sony Karsono, S.Psi., then turned back on the "Labsos Community" and crossed here and there by dozens of research until the end of 2002, when the college finally allocated space for this community.
The Key Role of IISA
- IISA becomes a center of research, study and publication in relation with the development of knowledge and skills of family management.
- IISA becomes a node of information and coordination of various other parties (NGOs, community, event organizers, personal contributors) who work in field of coaching or family services.
- IISA becomes a role model for family-based enterprise management.
- IISA becomes a service provider: consultancy, assessment, training / short courses provision, facilitation or mentoring of family management and management of family firms.