K. David Hirschey

Adjunct Faculty, Management


(651) 962-4200

B.S., Business Administration/Economics, University of Minnesota
M.A., Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota

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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.

Spring 2017 Courses
Spring 2017 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 386 - 01 Advanced Org Behavior M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 231
Description of course Advanced Org Behavior : CRN: 21988
This course is designed to increase your effectiveness as a manager and team member by utilizing frameworks for understanding organizations and the behavior of people and groups within an organization. This course will focus on critical activities related to managerial and team effectiveness including managing interdependence, making decisions motivating performance, negotiating differences, and working within an organization's structural, political, cultural and global environment. Prerequisites: MGMT 305 and Junior standing
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MGMT 714 - 201 Leadership Development M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 407
Description of course Leadership Development : CRN: 22107 3 Credit Hours
STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED MGMT603 SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS COURSE. This course will focus on developing students as leaders. Students will examine the general nature of leadership styles and practices, trends in leadership and their personal leadership goals and values. Leading will be distinguished from managing through a study of current literature on the subject and through a focus on the roles of defined business and community leaders. Students will help each other become more effective in developing relationships with stakeholders, utilizing resources in a sustainable manner and leading change efforts.
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Summer 2017 Courses
Summer 2017 Courses
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MGMT 480 - 01 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 1800 - 2115 MCH 114
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 30060
This course examines organizational issues from an integrative perspective. It draws on concepts from the entire business curriculum to view the organization as a whole. The focus of the course is to have you view the organization from the perspective of the president, rather than that of a manager of a particular function (e.g., VP of marketing). It examines the development of core competence and a sustainable competitive advantage as part of an organization's strategic planning process. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300, BETH 301, and senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.
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Fall 2017 Courses
Fall 2017 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 388 - 01 Leading Diverse Teams M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 232
Description of course Leading Diverse Teams : CRN: 42929
The purpose of this course is to understand theories and integrate experiences in leading diverse teams, including managing conflict and negotiating within and for the team. The course builds on the leadership and organizational behavior theories learned in prerequisite courses, leveraging and applying these concepts to teams. The design, management, and leadership of teams in organizational settings will be emphasized, along with conflict management and negotiation strategies. To develop student skills, applied experiences are integrated. The focus is on the interpersonal processes and structural characteristics that influence the the effectiveness of teams, individual behavior in face-to-face interactions and the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. By the end of this course, students will have gained valuable skills, experience, and knowledge in effectively leading teams through challenges, collaborative negotiations, and conflict, while leveraging the diversity within. Prerequisites: MGMT 305 and MGMT 382.
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis (2000 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1995 - present)
  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Hamline University, Saint Paul (2013 - present)
  • Principal, Personnel Management, Inc, Minneapolis (1992 - present)
  • Adjunct Faculty Instructor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management and the College of Continuing Education, Minneapolis (1982 - present)
  • Litigation Support, Self Employed, Minneapolis (1981 - present)
  • Director, Human Resources, General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis (1982 - 1992)
  • Owner and Managing Principal, Hirschey Associates, Los Gatos (1980 - 1982)
  • Zone Personnel, Manager, Sales, Frito-Lay, Inc., San Jose (1977 - 1980)
  • Senior Labor Relations Specialist, Xerox Corporation, Webster (1975 - 1978)

Professional Memberships
  • American Economics Association
  • National Association of Forensic Economics
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Twin Cities Human Resource Association

Professional Service
  • Direct Response Insurance Administrative Services, Inc. (DRIASI),
  • Mixed Blook Theatre,
  • Twin Cities Human Resources Association,
  • Waytek, Inc.,


Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Management

  • "Workforce talent assessment and planning" Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development - Employee Development Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 01, 2015
  • "Employee engagement key elements, the coaching perspective, leadership capabilities" Minnesota Association of School Personnel Administrators (MASPA), Deerwood, Minnesota, April 01, 2015
  • "Labor shortage" Renaissance Executive Forums Minnesota, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, March 01, 2015
  • "Managing the boss relationship" Medtronic, Inc. - Medtronic Young Professionals Development Program, Saint Paul, Minnesota, March 01, 2015
  • "Staffing and recruitment" Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development - Business Service Representatives Workforce Development Certificate Program, Saint Paul, Minnesota, November 01, 2014
  • "SHRM Certification Preparation" Twin Cities Human Resource Association, Saint Paul, Minnesota, October 01, 2014
  • "SHRM learning system" University of Minnesota, College of Continuing Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 01, 2014
  • "HR's role in strategic management" Northland Human Resources Association, Duluth, Minnesota, January 01, 2009
  • "Contemporary recruiting and retention practices" Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development East Central Minnesota - Annual Employer, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2007
  • "A changing environment requires new rules and competencies" Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development East Central Minnesota - Annual Employer, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 01, 2007