Richard Karash

Richard Karash is an independent consultant in Boston, Massachusetts. His work covers the broad range of Learning Organization disciplines, with special emphasis on Systems Thinking. He consults and facilitates, develops and conducts training programs, and delivers speeches and corporate events for a wide range of organizations. Mr. Karash's focus is in developing capacity for learning and change in client organizations. He creates custom training programs, conducts train-the-trainer and instructor certification, and provides coaching. His clients include industry, high-tech, government, military, and non-profit.

Mr. Karash is a contributor to The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization. He has been a regular presenter at the annual Systems Thinking in Action conference and a contributor to The Systems Thinker. He is the creator and moderator of "Learning-Org," a world-wide public dialog on the Internet about learning organizations, and is an elected Trustee of the Society for Organizational Learning.

Mr. Karash was a senior staff member at Innovation Associates, Inc. (later Arthur D. Little) from 1991 through 1995. Mr. Karash received Arthur D. Little's "Star Case" awards twice for outstanding customer satisfaction. Prior to joining IA, Mr. Karash spent nearly twenty years as an executive in technology-based companies. In 1970, he co-founded a highly successful computer software firm, Management Decision Systems, Inc., which pioneered decision support applications in consumer goods marketing. His professional experience there includes information technology, market research, new product development, and computer simulation modeling. From 1983 through 1986, he was chief operating officer of a company developing artificial intelligence applications software for the financial services industry and later was VP - Marketing as part of the turn-around team at Symbolics, Inc., a computer workstation vendor. Immediately prior to joining Innovation Associates, he spent several years as an independent consultant working on business strategy and strategic planning for software and other high-tech firms.

Mr. Karash holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science from MIT's Sloan School of Management, with concentrations in Marketing and Operations Research.