Dr. David Zatz
David Zatz is a writer, organizational development consultant, former publisher, editor, photographer, and automotive/organizational historian.
David Zatz worked as a freelance writer even as he trained to become an organizational development consultant, publishing auto reviews and business pieces in trade magazines in the 1980s and 1990s. He started Allpar.com, which became the biggest and most popular Chrysler-oriented web site, in 1994 (the name Allpar.com came in 1998). David also founded the rec.autos.makers.chrysler newsgroup, including the Chrysler FAQ which continues to be served by MIT.
After gaining a PhD in social and organizational psychology, he worked for measurement-based change firm Metrus Group. He started his own firm, Toolpack Consulting, in 2001, and has some quality and productivity features at Toolpack Information.
David grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey. His career started with hauling bags at the golf course, menial tasks at a steakhouse, and selling shoes; then he moved to temp jobs while attending college and graduate school. He was a “print man” starting with high school publications (magazine, newspaper, and yearbook). While at Rutgers University, he became the editor of the University College literary magazine and business manager of the Livingston College newspaper; he then took over his own college’s paper and increased circulation dramatically.
While pursuing a doctorate in organizational psychology, David also did dissertation editing and research consultations, and started Teachers College’s first known student newspaper (typesetting it on his 1988 Mac Plus). His non-automotive work has appeared in Quality Digest, HRMagazine, and Administrator, trade publications (such as Health Foods Business and Print & Graphics), and books (including the Encyclopedia of Management and the Business Strategy Book of Readings). He has appeared at conferences sponsored by the Performance Institute, Quality New Jersey, The Conference Board, and the Association for Quality and Participation, now part of the American Society for Quality. He is also currently the publisher of MacStats, a clearinghouse of Mac statistical software.
A little research:
- Increasing executive and supervisor credibility through visibility and communication
- The effects of overtime on health
- How role segmentation helps lower interrole conflict
Here are some extracts from the old blog:
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