Movement Pattern Analysis

Individual action aims to achieve something. Whether the goal is tangible or intangible, nothing can be achieved without some form of bodily action.

And since body movement occurs in patterns that are individually recognizable, it stands to reason that

Movement study provides insight into individual motivation.

What is Movement Pattern Analysis?

Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA) harnesses the power of movement study to reveal how individuals are motivated to make decisions and take action – alone and with others.

Moreover, MPA profiles provide insight into the decision-making patterns of groups, delineating team strengths and potential weaknesses.


Since 1941, movement analysis techniques pioneered by Rudolf Laban and F.C. Lawrence and developed by Warren Lamb have been applied to study the decision-making behavior of over 30,000 individuals.

Over 400 organizations, ranging from small partnerships to multi-national corporations, have utilized MPA for selection, placement, team building, and strategic development.

MPA profiles differ from typical paper-and-pencil assessments. Such self-reports assume that individuals “know themselves” and are willing to answer test questions honestly.

MPA is not based on such assumptions. Instead, MPA is based on the disciplined observation of integrated patterns of movement. These patterns produce indelible and unique physical signatures, revealing the individual’s distinctive personal style of decision-making.

The objective methodology of MPA ensures that individuals being profiled cannot influence or modify the outcome of their motivational analyses.

How is the individual MPA profile made?

During a relaxed two hour interview, the MPA consultant gathers information about the client’s career history, current situation, and aspirations while simultaneously observing movement patterns.

Subsequently, these observations are systematically correlated with the MPA decision-making model. On this basis, the individual’s unique profile is constructed. Each feature of the profile is studied in terms of its potential positive and negative implications, and the consultant develops points of advice for maximizing the positive and meeting any challenges. Then the consultant discusses the MPA profile in depth with the client. In conclusion, the client receives a detailed profile report for future reference. There may be further consultations as needed, to apply recommendations and facilitate maximum use of the comprehensive information MPA profiling provides.

How is Movement Pattern Analysis applied with teams?

First, individual profiles are constructed, following all the steps outlined above.

Then, these individual profiles are used to construct a composite team profile. This allows the joint motivations of decision-makers to be assessed.

Following this analysis, the consultant conducts a seminar with all the team members, reviewing individual profiles, pointing out the potential strengths and weaknesses of the team profile, conducting structured problem-solving exercises with sub-groups of the team, and collaboratively working out plans to maximize team performance.

Outcomes of the team seminar are incorporated into a team report, with further consultations as needed to apply recommendations and facilitate team development over time.

What are the benefits of MPA profiling?

The MPA profile is comprehensive

In order to get what we want, we must make decisions and take action. In some cases, we can act independently. More often, at work and at home, we must collaborate with other people to accomplish our aims.

The MPA profile incorporates both dimensions of decision making – providing a picture of the individual’s independent proclivities as well has his/her interaction needs.

The MPA profile is practical and specific

Movement Pattern Analysis frames decision-making behavior in a way that is concrete, relevant, and practicable in the context of everyday activities and work responsibilities. The decision-making model is simple to understand. The resulting profile is reported in percentages that readily convey where the individual concentrates time and energy across the decision-making process. Click here to see a sample profile report.

Similarly, Movement Pattern Analysis provides a specific picture of the collective motivations of working teams. MPA profiles enable teams to be objective about how they do business and how well their potential strengths and weaknesses match their objectives.

MPA profiles help individuals uncover hidden treasures.

Individuals are often surprised by their profiles. But after reflecting on the potential strength and weakness of each aspect, clients develop a more realistic and informed perception of their decision-making styles … Read More

MPA profiles help organizations make savvy appointments.

Like hires like can lead to “group think” – overconfidence, risk taking, suppression of dissent, and collective rationalization. MPA counteracts such risks by helping companies identify individuals who bring something different to the table. Savvy appointments can turn companies around … Read More

MPA profiles enable teams to build on success.

Even successful teams want to do things better. MPA helps focus these efforts … Read More 

MPA Services

MoveScape Center provides the following consultation and training services:

  • Individual Profiling
  • Team Analysis and Team Building
  • Introductory lectures and seminars on Movement Pattern Analysis
  • Career Development courses specially tailored for movement professionals

Our services are carefully matched to the needs of clients. We are happy to discuss needs with potential clients and develop a customized proposal.

To learn more about what MPA can do for you and your organization, contact us.