George Roth


George Roth develops approaches that help managers and organizations in their learning, change, culture and leadership. He holds a research appointment at MIT”s Sloan School of Management and teaches at management courses at the Paul College of the University of New Hampshire. He previously headed the Enterprise Change research agenda for MIT’s Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI), a joint program between the Sloan Management School and School of Engineering. He is currently working on a book about enterprise change – an approach for managing across organizations that he illustrates with cases studies showing how organizations and their people achieved operational excellence and sustained that high performance. George is the past Chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management. He is a founding member of the Society for Organizational Learning.

Speaking Topics

Leadership for learning, distributing leadership, improvement and change within and across companies, integrating learning practices with planned change to achieve operational excellence, work in and on business operating systems, enterprise awareness, systems thinking, five disciplines of learning organizations, reflective practices, effective conversations, change management, scenario planning, business strategy, learning histories.

Bibliography & Video

George is the author of numerous award-winning academic and professional journal articles on learning and change; including articles in the Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and AQP Journal, describing new approaches to diffusing learning across organizations. Other writing about companies’ experiences in developing, sustaining, and transforming learning are in his co-authored books: To the Desert and Back: The Story of one of the Most Dramatic Business Transformations on Record (Jossey-Bass), The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustain Momentum in Learning Organizations (Doubleday/Currency), Car Launch: Managing the Human Side of Change and Oil Change: Perspectives on Corporate Transformation (both Oxford University Press).


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (University of New Hampshire, class valedictorian)
  • M.B.A. Marketing and Finance (University of New Hampshire)
  • Ph.D. Organizational Studies (MIT Sloan School of Management)
  • Past Chair, Organization Development and Change Division, Academy of Management
  • Founding member, Society for Organizational Learning
  • Group Dynamics, NTL Institute
  • Case Method Teaching, Harvard University
  • Co-founder, Reflection Learning Associates, Inc.
  • Research and consultation with leading commercial and government organizations including US Department of Defense, US Army, US Air Force, United Technologies Corporation, Danaher, Siemens, British Telecom, PepsiCo, Motorola, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Boeing, Exxon/Mobil, Shell Oil, British Petroleum, Valero Energy, Booz and Company, Accenture Consulting, and World Bank Group.

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