obert Fritz studied composition and theater at the The Boston Conservatory of Music where he earned a BM and MM in composition. He also studied on scholarship at the Darmstadt Institute (Germany) for New Music. He studied cinematography at the Rockport Workshops, and film directing with Jim Pasternak.
In the late Seventies, Charlie Kiefer invited Peter Senge and Fritz to join Innovation Associates, a management consulting firm. That brought him in close contact with Senge’s work in system dynamics, which, along with Fritz’s studies of music composition, was one of the major influences on his exploration of the relationship of structure to behavior.
Fritz’s work has been used extensively in corporations, education, and third-world develop. The Managerial Moment of Truth (co-authored by Fritz and Bruce Bodaken – Simon & Schuster) was chosen as one of BusinessWeek’s best books of 2006, and Harvard Review placed it on their executive reading list. His work in the developing world began over twenty-years ago with his involvement in the Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT), also known as “The Uganda Project.” In 2009, this project won recognition by Changemakers International Online Community and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In recent years, Fritz has worked with Vinnova, the Swedish governmental agency for innovation systems, an organization that promotes higher levels of research development, and supports major developmental projects throughout the developing world. The book School Leaders Building Capacity from Within (Corwin Press) by Leonard C. Burello, Lauren P Hoffman, and Lynn E. Murray describes how Fritz’s approach to structural dynamics and the creative process has been used in public school systems. And Peter Senge’s Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators features Fritz’s approach.
As a filmmaker, Fritz studied cinematography at the Rockport Workshops, and directing with Jim Pasternak. Fritz has directed many theater productions. He also has made documentaries for government, industry, and television, has written and directed seven feature films and two dramatic shorts. He has directed and co-hosted Creating (a TV series made for a Canadian Network), directed episodes of the PBS series LeaderTalk with Garrison Krause, for which he also composed the theme music. Fritz wrote and directed the TV series Vermont Stories. He created She Was A Dancer, a multi –media work commissioned for the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. His films have won over 90 awards from film festivals over the world. His credits include the feature films Chasing Rainbows, Past Tense, Twice, and Overload. His short films include that dramatic love story AKT 2, A Visit (2018), and documentaries of several artists. His latest feature film is a documentary Party On The Moon (2018.)