Sandor Schuman

Studies consensus building, conflict management and interpersonal communication

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Sandor Schuman

Research Associate Emeritus
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Center for Policy Research

Collaboration; group facilitation; consensus building; conflict management; interpersonal communication; group dynamics; team building; running meetings; organizational storytelling

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Sandor Schuman has been helping organizations work more effectively to solve complex problems and make critical decisions for more than thirty years. He is a group facilitator, collaborative process advocate, and storyteller. He helps groups create shared meaning, make critical choices, and build collaborative relationships. He facilitates problem-solving and decision-making processes for a wide variety of public management and policy issues and provides training in group facilitation, decision making, systems thinking, conflict management systems, information management, and organizational storytelling.

Schuman is a Research Associate Emeritus of the Center for Policy Research at the University at Albany, and president of Executive Decision Services LLC. He is the Editor of Working with Difficult Groups, Creating a Culture of Collaboration, and The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation, and former editor of Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal and moderator the Electronic Discussion on Group Facilitation.

He is qualified on the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals and the US Postal Service Roster of REDRESSĀ® Mediators. His articles have been published in Creating Collaborative Advantage, Fisheries, Government Technology, Information & Management, Interfaces, Journal of Extension, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, New York State in the Year 2000, Organizational Decision Support Systems, and Quality Progress.

He has extensive experience with environmental management and policy issues (such as water, energy, waste, toxic materials, and natural disasters), redesign and integration of social service delivery systems, health policy issues (such as long-term care, managed care, and information resources for policy makers), administrative systems (such as establishing uniform evaluation or assessment methodologies), and information resource management (including information systems planning and management of end-user computing). Organizations face a nearly continuous string of information management, technology and policy issues. Schuman helps them explore these information-related issues and develop, implement, and evaluate strategies appropriate to their circumstances.