George Roth

Lecturer of Management
Paul College 260Y

Open Enrollment Program

George Roth is a Lecturer of Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. He comes to UNH after having led an Enterprise Change Research program as a joint effort in MIT’s Sloan School of Management and MIT’s School of Engineering.

Dr. Roth’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on leadership, culture, learning, and change. He works with organizations by integrating learning, teaching and change in ways that develop and test theories and practices to advance managerial competence and organizational effectiveness.

He recently published book, Systemic Change Management: The Five Capabilities for Improving Enterprises (Palgrave Macmillan), extends previous research on learning and change processes within organizations to enterprise-wide change. In enterprise change efforts, people go from making departmental or organizational improvements to optimizing the system of organizations that depend upon each other by developing and implementing changes through parallel learning systems that not only achieve but also sustain high levels of individual and collective performance. The approach and capabilities needed to enable enterprise improvements provide the basis of a new theory for systemically managing change.

In academic leadership roles Dr. Roth had been Executive Director of the Ford-MIT Alliance – an alliance emphasizing knowledge creation activities in engineering research, education and environmental policy, and Research Director for the MIT Center for Organizational Learning – a consortium of companies applying systems thinking skills and developing organizational learning methods. He 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 and faculty for The Academy for Systemic Change. He has written numerous award-winning academic and professional articles on learning and change in the Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and other journals. Other co-authored books include: The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustain Momentum in Learning Organizations (Doubleday/Currency), To the Desert and Back: The Story of one of the Most Dramatic Business Transformations on Record (Jossey-Bass), Car Launch: Managing the Human Side of Change and Oil Change: Perspectives on Corporate Transformation (both Oxford University Press).

Dr. Roth’s industry experience includes ten years at Digital Equipment in the US and Europe. He earned his Ph.D. in Organization Studies from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and both his MBA (concentrating in marketing research and finance), and BS in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of New Hampshire. His hobbies include active outdoor activities such as running, hiking, biking, and skiing.


Ph.D., M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, Major: Organizational Studies; Minor: Management Information Systems
M.B.A., University of New Hampshire, Concentration in Marketing Research and Finance
B.S., Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude)