What is the Core Complexity Solutions© suite?


Core Complexity Solutions (CCS)© is a set of assessment instruments that provide essential insights for recruiting, advising and training students and employees. The assessments are designed to help you increase efficacy in recruiting, training and maintaining workforces. The combination of “smarts” and behavioral interests gives a more comprehensive representation of people’s strengths and weaknesses.

The Core Complexity Solutions (CCS)© suite consists of three instruments: Decision Making, Perspective Taking and Behavioral Interest. When combined, these scores give assessment takers a comprehensive predictor of likely appropriate careers that is based on 1) “smarts” for tasks addressed and on their interests, and 2) a comprehensive list of professions that are specifically matched to combinations of scores on the three assessments.

These instruments are based on the Model of Hierarchical Complexity. The Model of Hierarchical complexity provides an insight into the characteristics of candidates for a certain position that cannot be identified otherwise - by performance assessment and competence verification.

  1. Decision-making or problem-solving scores help measure how well an employee correctly addresses tasks of increasing difficulty. This is also predictive of making good decisions about complexity issues.

  2. Perspective-taking scores assess how well an employee predicts behavior in social situations.

  3. Core Complexity Interest Scale identifies the relative reinforcement value of engaging in different categories of work activities.

These three scores give companies comprehensive predictors of job performance. This could help companies manage human resources, develop employees and shape the future organizational structure.

  1. Decision Making Instrument

Decision-making or problem-solving scores measure how well a person addresses tasks of increasing difficulty. Higher scores on this task are predictive of making good decisions about complex issues.


2. Perspective Taking Instrument

Perspective-taking scores assess how well a person understands behavior in social situations. They measure how well people take the perspective of others.


3. Core Complexity’s Behavioral Interest Scale

CCA’s adaption of the Behavioral interest scale that identifies the relative reinforcing value of engaging in different categories of work and life activities.


Core Complexity Solutions© Research

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Who is Core Complexity Solutions© for?

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Human Resources departments and recruiting firms will benefit from the Core Complexity Solutions suite of assessments in improving both hiring and managing employees.

The instruments are intended to be administered by human resource professionals via the UnitusTI cloud system*, which automatically scores results. Expert consultants from Core Complexity Assessments then work with professionals to further develop an understanding of the scores and how best to use them to advise clients.


Why should you use it?

Compared to other tests, the Model of Hierarchical Complexity (MHC) functions as a better method of assessing job-fit. This is because MHC is mathematical and content-less, it can be applied to any task in any domain. MHC assessments are not based on domain-specific information. Rather, MHC is based on the candidate’s attempted solution of a task, which has been constructed to meet the criteria for a specific complexity. The candidate’s successful performance on a task of a given order of complexity represents the stage of development achieved by that candidate.

The assessments provide comprehensive predictors of job performance, providing benefits such as:

  • Managing human resources

  • Maximizing employee development

  • Structuring effective teams

  • Shaping organizational structure

  • Job retention over time

  • Making smart hiring decisions by matching the right applicants to the job


How does it work?



The Core Complexity Solutions© assessments suite is delivered via subscription to the UnitusTI cloud.  With the UnitusTI cloud platform, your data is automatically tracked and you have an array of data collection, staff management and program customization tools at your disposal.

  • See instant data on staff assessments and make informed decisions on next steps

  • Provide reports and share relevant data securely with defined user-level permissions

  • Track staff performance and use collaboration tools to keep goals on track

  • Customizable data collection means you can track as much or as little as you need to


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*The Core Complexity Solutions© suite is owned and copyrighted by the program author and is provided by Mundo Pato Inc. as an optional, 3rd party add-on to the UnitusTI electronic data records cloud service. For subscription information, please book a free demo or contact sales@mundopato.com.


Creator of the Core Complexity Solutions© program

Michael Lamport Commons, Ph.D. | Corresponding Member of the Faculty of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School | CEO, Core Complexity Assessments LLC | President, Dare Association, Inc.

Michael Lamport Commons is a theoretical behavioral and complex systems scientist. He developed the model of hierarchical complexity upon which some of the instruments are based. In addition to being a Corresponding Member of the Faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, he co-founded the Society for Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, the Society for Research in Adult Development, the European Society for Research in Adult Development, the Society for Terrorism Research, and the Developmental Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group in the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The largest part of his research has centered around the Model of Hierarchical Complexity of tasks and the corresponding stage of performance on those tasks. This includes studies of stage transition as in the study of the acquisition of formal stage behavior by 5th and 6th graders. The Model of Hierarchical Complexity has been applied in the moral and social (including attachment, empathy) domains, mathematics, logic, physics and chemistry domains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Commons

With Patrice Marie Miller and others, he has published on the importance of attachment parenting and co-sleeping, attachment, and its relationship to the development of emotional regulation, the lack of which results in attachment disorders and therefore personality disorders.