AOP - Anatomy of Performance

Geary Rummler

Dale Brethower

Dr. Geary A. Rummler was the founding Partner of the Performance Design Lab (PDL), where he was continuing his life-long work on organizational performance improvement in complex systems until his death on October 29, 2008. Prior to founding the Performance Design Lab, Geary was the founding partner of The Rummler-Brache Group, an organization that became a leader in the business process improvement and management business in the 1980s and 1990s. Prior to that, Geary was President of the Kepner-Tregoe Strategy Group, specialists in strategic decision making; co-founder (with Thomas F. Gilbert) and president of Praxis Corporation, an innovator in the analysis and improvement of human performance; co-founder (with George S. Odiorne) and director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Programmed Learning for Business.

Geary was a pioneer in the application of instructional and performance technologies to organizations and brings this experience to the issue of organization effectiveness. His clients in the private sector included the sales, service and manufacturing functions of the aircraft, automobile, steel, food, rubber, office equipment, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, chemical and petroleum industries; as well as the retail banking, and airline industries. He also worked with such federal agencies as IRS, SSA, HUD, GAO and DOT. Dr. Rummler’s research and consulting took him to Europe, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China and Mexico.

In addition to consulting, teaching and presenting at conferences, Geary published a steady stream of articles and a variety of books ranging from labor relations to the development of instructional systems and his articles appeared in numerous professional and management journals and handbooks. In 1988, he co-authored Training and Development: A Guide for Professionals, with George S. Odiorne. In 1990, he co-authored Improving Performance, How to Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart with Alan P. Brache. Geary received his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan