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Richard N. Knowles, Ph.D.

Richard N. Knowles, Ph.D. PhotoRichard N. Knowles, Ph.D.
ExpertiseLead a large corporation through a significant transformation; Studied the theories of complex systems leadership and offers both the practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding to help organization through their own transformations; Lectures on Self-Organizing Leadership, Work-Place Safety, Developing dialogue on the tough questions facing organizations, The Process Enneagram©
Current OrganizationRichard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.
Type of OrganizationConsulting
Major ProductHelps leaders learn to effectively lead transformative organizational change
Area of DistributionNational/International
University/DegreeB.A., Chemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1957; Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1961
BornAugust 8, 1935, Wilmington, Delaware
Honors & AwardsDuPont Ag Products Crystal Award for Championing Human Potential, 1989; EPA Community Leadership Award, 1995
Published WorksArticles in Barrett-Koehler's Work, The Journal for Quality and Participation, The Economic Development Review and Emergence; Book, "The Leadership Dance"; "The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook Chapter 1, Leadership for Sustainable Enterprise"; 40 US patents including- 3,772,384, Carbonization of Aliphatic Organic Halides with Metallic Alcoholates; 3,764,621, Certain Substituted Methylhenzoic Acids and Substituted Methylayclohexane Carboxylic Acids; 3,705,128, Flame Resistant Polymers Containing Amide Complexes of Metal Salts
AffiliationsCenter for Self-Organizing Leadership; American Society of Safety Engineers- ASSE; American Chemical Society-ACS (50 year member); Adjunct Instructor, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY, MBA program teaching organizational behavior, systems thinking and leadership, since 2008; Academy of Senior Professionals, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg FL
Hobbies & SportsReading, bird watching, nature
Career Accomplishments40 U.S. patents; Highly successful Plant Manager; Helped lead the U.S. chemical industry in sharing worst case scenarios required under the Clean Air Act
Work History36 years in The DuPont Co., Chemical Manufacturing; Plant Manager 13 years; Last assignment Director of Community Outreach and Emergency Response; Retired 1996; Consultant on organizational transformation; Creator of the Process Ennergram-a model for transformation
ChildrenElizabeth, Dorothy, Cynthia, Christine (step-daughter); 5 grandchildren
SpouseClaire Elaine Frericks
MarriedDecember 31, 1988
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