Dr.George Labovitz is the Founder and CEO of ODI, an international management training and consulting company, and professor of management and organizational behavior at the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He counsels senior executives on organizational alignment and strategy execution as well as quality and productivity improvement methodologies.
He has published or contributed to management articles in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Quality Progress, and Quality Management in Healthcare. He is the co-author of Making Quality Work (Harper Business, 1993) and lead author of the best selling book The Power of Alignment (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.1998). His latest book was released in late 2012 entitled Rapid Realignment: How to Quickly Integrate People, Processes and Strategy for Unbeatable Performance (McGraw Hill).
Dr. Labovitz has presented keynote addresses to diverse audiences such as world congresses on quality in Singapore, Jerusalem and Euro-Disney to national meetings of the American Hospital Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has delivered numerous presentations to the annual meetings of ODI’s international customer base, which includes 12 of Fortune’s 20 top companies. He has twice been the plenary speaker at the annual meeting of the Federal Quality Institute, and has made presentations to the command structure of the United States Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
ODI was twice named to Inc. magazine's list of the 500 fastest growing privately held U.S. companies. AT&T, Federal Express, Nextel, Procter & Gamble and British Airways are among the leading corporations served by ODI. Government clients include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Postal Service. ODI was chosen by the United States Postal Service as the Quality Supplier Award Winner in the small service company category from among 60,000 suppliers. ODI's healthcare division provides Continuous Quality Improvement services to over 240 medical centers in the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Labovitz received Boston University's highest teaching award, the Metcalf Cup and Prize, which is awarded to the outstanding teacher from among the 2500 member faculty.
He has been a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Naval, Air Force and Army War Colleges. He has served as National Consultant in Administration to the Surgeon General of the Navy as well as the Surgeon General of the Air Force. He has also been an advisor on alignment to the Chief of Naval Operations.
He frequently serves as a faculty member in executive programs at Boston University, The Defense Acquisition University, University of North Carolina as well as the Harvard Business School. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School.
He holds a BS from Boston University, an MBA from Boston College, and a PhD from Ohio State University. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Labovitz served in the U.S. Air Force with the rank of captain, and was a pilot and aircraft commander.