As vice president of research for the MPI Group, George Taninecz applies more than 20 years of experience in studying management and operations. He develops research fielding and analysis tools that enable organizations to assess their performances, gauge best practices, and define paths for improvement. He also oversees the creation of thought-provoking white papers, reports, and unique-format knowledge (e.g., crossword puzzles, comic strips) for MPI clients that present industry trends and issues, management strategies and practices, and primary and/or secondary research findings.

Prior to joining the MPI Group in 2003, Taninecz worked in knowledge development at McKinsey & Company for the firm’s manufacturing practice. Taninecz’s background also includes a decade as a journalist at IndustryWeek magazine. During his tenure as the magazine’s managing editor, he was a director of the America’s Best Plants program and launched numerous research initiatives for the publication, including the Census of Manufacturers.

Taninecz also has supported the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and others as an editor and/or project manager for award-winning books and workbooks, including Lean Solutions by Jim Womack and Dan Jones (Free Press, 2005), The Gold Mine by Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé (LEI, 2005), Getting the Right Things Done by Pascal Dennis (LEI, 2006), Managing to Learn by John Shook (LEI, 2008), Gemba Walks by Jim Womack (LEI, 2011), and Perfecting Patient Journeys by Judy Worth (LEI, 2013).