Geary A. Rummler was co-founder of The Rummler-Brache Group (RBG) and co-author of Improving Performance: How to Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart.
He received his B.A. degree, his M.B.A. degree, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan. Prior to founding RBG, Rummler served as president of the Kepner-Tregoe Strategy Group, co-founded Praxis Corporation, and was 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 he brings this experience to the issue of organization effectiveness. His clients in the private sector have 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 the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, the Office of Housing and Urban Development, the General Accounting Office, and the Department of Transportation. His research and consulting have taken him to Europe, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China, and Mexico.
Geary served as national president of the National Society for Performance and Instruction, as a member of the research and strategic planning committees of the American Society of Training and Development, and as a member of the editorial board of Training magazine. He was the seventh inductee into the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame. He passed away on October 29, 2008.