Adrian Guardia, Ph.D., SPHR

Adrian Guardia, Ph.D., SPHR

Applied Group Dynamics

Dr. Guardia has over 30 years of experience in human resource management in diverse industries such as financial services, electronics manufacturing, soft-drink bottling, and high-end retailing. His career assignments have included nationally recognized firms such as JPMorgan Chase, Harris Corporation, Dr Pepper Bottling Company, and Federated Department Stores. He holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University.

A faculty member at the College of Business at Texas A&M University, San Antonio. Dr. Guardia specializes in human resource management with particular focus on performance management and organizational leadership. Prior to his university position, he was president and principal consultant for Applied GroupDynamics, a San Antonio-based consulting practice focused on the development of high-performance organizations.

Previously Dr. Guardia served as manager of Human Resources for Harris Corporation, Microwave Communications Division, where he was personally involved in the San Antonio operation's journey for high performance. Beginning with a "cellular factory" pilot, the experience rapidly evolved from just-in-time and demand flow manufacturing to supply chain management. Total Quality integrated the experience and featured quality initiatives based on Phillip Crosby, W. Edwards Deming, Toyota Quality, ISO 9000 certification, and the Malcolm Baldrige Award. Completing the total integration of the high-performance journey was the development of self-directed, self-managed work teams.

These achievements resulted in numerous awards and site recognitions including IndustryWeek Top 25 Finalist in the annual search for America’s Best Plants (1996 and 1997), Harris Corporation Gold Award recipient for Total Quality – Malcolm Baldrige Quality Systems Review criteria (1997 and 1998), the Association for Quality & Participation’s Organizational Excellence Award (1997), Clemson University’s 21st Century Organizational Excellence Award (1997), the North American Manufacturers’ Association Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing (1996), and the Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce Business of the Year Award (1996).

Dr. Guardia is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and has received Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR Lifetime) accreditations. He is a member and former president of the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association (SAHRMA) and a member of the San Antonio Manufacturing Association (SAMA).


PhD in Leadership Studies, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas
MBA, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas
BBA, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas