K. David Hirschey

Adjunct Faculty, Management


(651) 962-4200

B.S., Business Administration, 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.

Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 480 - 01 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 1800 - 2115 MCH 114
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 30078
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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MGMT 603 - 201 Leadership - - W - - - - 1730 - 2145 SCH 316
Description of course Leadership : CRN: 30297
This course will examine the general nature of leadership styles and practices; trends in leadership in American business; and personal leadership values of participating students. 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. The course will be conducted in seminar fashion, where students will be expected to actively participate in the presentation and discussion of materials. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
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MGMT 386 - 01 Advanced Org Behavior - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 235
Description of course Advanced Org Behavior : CRN: 42977
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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J-Term 2016 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Principal, Personnel Management, Inc, Minneapolis (1992 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1995 - present)
  • Adjunct Faculty instructor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1982 - present)
  • Associate Professor, St. Mary's University, Minneapolis (2000 - present)
  • Litigation Support, Self Employed, Minneapolis (1981 - 2010)
  • 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
  • Twin Cities Human Resources Association,


Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Management

  • "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