Randolph Schwering

Clinical Professor of Management, Rockhurst University
Lawrence, KS, United States

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Presently, I am an Clinical Professor of Management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. I also serve as the Program Manager for the University’s Executive Fellows MBA Program, one of the first twenty EMBA programs in the U.S. I have also served as Director of the Rockhurst Executive Semester MBA Program and Chair of the Management Division. Since 1979, as President and Founding Principal of Schwering and Associates, I have designed and conducted over one hundred organizational and leadership development programs offered for corporations, units of government and small businesses throughout the United States. Formalized evaluation research has shown that these programs have significantly enhanced organizational productivity, innovation and service responsiveness.

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Change, Systems Theory, Music composition

An idea worth spreading

We can develop our economy AND be economically sustainable. This is not an either/or proposition. I believe that federal policy can create an economic model where externalities are incorporated in the price of the things we buy. This one move could harness the power of emergent order/democracy with capitalism in a way that could move us closer to an ecologically sane world.

I'm passionate about

Ecological sanity, enlightened capitalism, finding the appropriate facilitating role of government, photography and videography, music composition

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What you are passionate about. Making video projects that inspire and result in a better world.

People don't know I'm good at

Composing music for film and video

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Randolph Schwering
Posted about 3 years ago
Has specialization or focus on expertise been an advantage to us or a disadvantage?
I think most would say there are both advantages and disadvantages. Thomas Kuhn established the dangers of paradigm blindness and those exploring cognitive heuristics clearly establish the falliibilities of expert judgment. That said, I am concerned that there is a kind of anti-intellectualism operating in the US that leads people to believe that their understanding of the world is valid just because it popped out of their own head. Climate change is an example. I run into many people who believe climate change is fallicious because, well, they just don't believe it. When asked for their evidence they forward clearly fallicious ideas. Some truths are more valid than others. People who have studied a given area of science for example are usually more informed than those who simply operate on "instincts". Do experts fall into self confirmation bias - absolutely. Public policy, however, should be based on the best available evidence which often is best understood by "experts". Frankly, I believe a lot of Dr. Hertz's comments are valuable but will be misconstrued and missapplied by those who fundamentally do not believe that the scientific method is useful process of understanding the world. Especially in the areas of public policy relating to science, I would rather my elected representatives seek out the advice of "experts" (albeit a diversity of this population) than to rely on their own instincts often severely colored by scientific illiteracy and religious prejudice. (E.g. climate change cannot be true because God would never let this happen to the earth - a comment I recently heard in an MBA classroom).