Faculty & Research

K. David Hirschey

Adjunct Faculty : Management Department

K. David Hirschey is the principal of Personnel Management, Inc. The firm provides leadership and support for strategic business planning and organizational design, as well as performance and leadership coaching activities for emerging growth and middle market organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Hirschey has a diverse blend of technical, organizational design, operations and analytical expertise, and more than 30 years of increasing responsibility and leadership with leading manufacturing and consumer foods organizations, as well as an independent business consultant. In the past 18 years, Hirschey has consulted with nearly 400 organizations. Clients have included: Accenture Consulting, Anderson Windows, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Children's Home Society, Farmers Home Group, Hutchinson Technology, Jostens, Lutheran Social Service, Medtronic, Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing (3M), Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Target Corporation, Tennant Company, and the United States Postal Service (USPS), as well as several law firms, professional associations, municipalities, colleges and universities.

His previous industrial experience includes both managerial and executive positions at Xerox Corporation, Frito-Lay, Inc., and General Mills, Inc. Additionally, Hirschey was the principal in the management consulting firm of Hirschey Associates, Los Gatos, Cal., a firm that provided business development counsel throughout the U.S. Emphasis was on assisting clients to identify opportunities, develop growth strategies and implement interventions appropriate to their organizations. Hirschey has written articles on negotiations, leadership and motivation, and consulting. He has given numerous public and private seminars, as well as having provided testimony as both an advocate and an expert witness in litigation proceedings, where Hirschey is recognized both as a human resource and a forensic economic expert.

Hirschey received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, and a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota. He has completed additional graduate work at Cornell University. He has served on the board and as president of the Twin Cities Human Resources Association, one of the largest organizations of its kind in North America. He also contributes as an adjunct faculty instructor at several universities and colleges dealing with business, leadership and topical courses teaching traditional and adult learners, both domestically and internationally.

A resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hirschey’s interests include community involvement with scouting, the Management Assistance Project and counseling with the Minneapolis Better Business Bureau and the Small Business Administration, as well as the international aspects of business leadership.


Academic Background

  • B.A., business and economics, University of Minnesota
  • Master's, industrial relations, University of Minnesota

Professional Experience

  • Managerial and executive positions at Xerox, Frito Lay and General Mills
  • Provide testimony as both an advocate and an expert witness in litigation proceedings; recognized both as a human resource and a forensic economic expert
  • Contribute as adjunct faculty at several universities and colleges teaching traditional and adult learners both domestically and internationally
  • In the past 20+ years, coached and consulted to over 400 organizations including close relationships with a number over a long period of time

Teaching Interests

  • Management, leadership and organizational design
  • Human capital
  • Financial intelligence
  • Systems / theories operations management

Professional Certificates

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

Professional Service

  • Board of Advisors, Twin Cities Human Resources Association

Community Service

  • Board of Directors for the Mixed Blood Theatre