Richard Karash

Richard Karash


Richard Karash is an independent consultant whose work covers the broad range of Organizational Learning disciplines, with special emphasis on Systems Thinking and System Dynamics. He consults and facilitates, coaches executives, 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 for clients and their organizations. He creates custom training programs, conducts train-the-trainer and instructor certification, and provides executive and professional coaching. His clients include industry, high-tech, government, military, intelligence, health-care, 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 was a founding Trustee of the Society for Organizational Learning. He is a past Chairman of the Sustainability Institute. Mr. Karash is an active coach both for executives and for consultants. His executive coaching covers broad areas of performance and personal development. For consultants, he coaches to expand their capacities in systems thinking and organizational learning. At Xerox he taught coaching in the paradigms of Tim Gallwey and John Whitmore. As a high-tech executive, he was continuously in a role of coaching for performance. 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 (now “OLAP”) in finance and marketing. His professional experience there includes statistical data analysis, 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 in 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.

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How to See “Structure”

You have probably already learned about the importance of distinguishing among events, patterns, and structure. But still, you may be finding it difficult to…

Coaching and Facilitating Systems Thinking

Systems thinking began as a set of analytic tools, but perhaps its greatest impact is as a language for collective inquiry, learning, and action.

Six Steps to Thinking Systemically

Bijou Bottling Company is a fictitous beverage bottler with an all too real problem: chronic late shipments. Its customers—major chain retailers—are looking for orders…

Mental Models and Systems Thinking: Going Deeper into Systemic Issues

In a causal loop diagram of a systemic issue, variables are connected in cause-and-effect relationships. But often the implicit thought processes behind those links…

A Group Process for Systems Thinking

At first blush, systems thinking may seem like something we can apply by ourselves. While that may be possible for simple dynamics, a systems…