(INDIANAPOLIS) An adjunct faculty member at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis will once again serve on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the highest level of recognition for performance excellence given to U.S. organizations.
David Steele, a lecturer in business administration and venture creation and also the head of a successful international business-consulting firm, recently was notified he will serve on the board for the second straight year. Those selected to the board must meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition as well as complete courses on the Baldrige criteria for performance excellence.
“I have used the Baldridge criteria for more than 15 years and understand from an executive perspective how much the criteria can help develop role model organizations,” Steele said of his selection. “To be on the other side of the criteria as a member of the board, examining the best companies who are competing for the national award, truly has been a transformational experience.”
The Baldridge award, now in its 23rd year, was created as a way of setting a standard for performance excellence for U.S. organizations. The Board of Examiners is composed of leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education, health care organizations and not-for-profits (including government).
The award annually recognizes excellence in six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care and not-for-profit organizations. The President of the United States presents the annual award to winning companies.
Steele said his position has been valuable in understanding what makes an organization excellent, and Kelley students benefit from such unique insight.
“I try to help Kelley students understand how performance excellence is achieved by these role model organizations and how the U.S. can become competitive in global markets by adopting the Baldridge framework for continuous improvement,” he said.
Steele is the founder and managing principal of the Steele Group, an international business-consulting firm. During his career, he has served as an officer in global companies and has been a successful entrepreneur. Steele currently sits on the board of an entrepreneurial company in the Czech Republic.
He also is a member of The Alliance, a professional group of Indiana CEO’s of privately held businesses affiliated with the Kelley School of Business, which specialize in identifying and solving problems commonly encountered by entrepreneurs.
Information about the Baldridge National Quality Program and the application process can be found at www.nist.gov/baldridge.