George Kirk Strodtbeck Author of Evaluating Organization Development

George Kirk Strodtbeck

Vice President

I had a goal when I retired from Cummins, Inc. after 23 years (and 39 years overall) to share what I learned about transformational change to help organizations improve for their customers. In April 2016, I published a book with ASQ called "Making Change in Complex Organizations." A second book, “A Magnificent Journey to Excellence: Sixteen Years of Six Sigma at Cummins Inc” was published in December 2019.


I am currently a Vice President with SBTI, a leading consulting firm focused on the development and leadership of continuous improvement methodologies and change management systems.

I retired as the Executive Director of Quality at Cummins Inc. in May 2015.  My change leadership responsibilities included:

• World-wide implementation and continuous improvement of Six Sigma beginning July 1999.      Six Sigma is a world-wide effort at Cummins.  By 2015, the company trained 21,000+ belts, completed more than 45,000 projects, and eliminated more than $5.5B in costs.

• The Cummins Operating System Leadership and Practice.  The Operating System is focused on cross-functional integration and improvement in the flows and processes of the company.

Also included in my portfolio of responsibilities were:

• Measurement Excellence and Lab Operations
• Global Product Safety
• Quality Standards Integration (ISO/TS)
• Quality Functional Excellence
• New Product Development Processes
• Supplier Quality Functional Excellence

I have performed services globally in the following countries:
• China
• India
• Germany
• South Korea
• Australia
• United States

George has experience in the following industries:
• Automotive
• Home Products
• Transportation Infrastructure and Materials

I have served the following clients:
• General Motors
• Moen
• Johnson Electric
• Heritage Group

I graduated from West Point in 1976.  I then served in the Army at various sites around the world until 1986, earning a MS in International Relations in 1984.

Following my Army service, I joined Pepsi in 1986 serving as a Fleet Maintenance and Distribution Area Manager until 1992.  

As a member of Corporate Quality at Cummins from 1992-2015, I led several change initiatives including the operational leadership of the 1997 Baldrige application and site visit.

I has written two book.  The first, titled "Making Change in Complex Organizations", was published in April 2016 by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

My second book, "A Magnificent Journey to Excellence: Sixteen Years of Six Sigma at Cummins", was published in December 2019.

I am married with 4 children and live in Indianapolis.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Continuous Improvement
    Six Sigma Management and Leadership
    Organizational Change
    Organizational Transformation
    Business/Organization Operating Systems
    Functional Excellence
    Team Faciltation

Personal Interests

    Family life


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