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One Mic Stand: DEEP DIVE with Management Science Associates

Interview by Audrey Russo and Jonathan Kersting

Management Science AssociatesManagement Science Associates, Inc. (MSA), a Pittsburgh headquartered research, analytics, informatics, and consulting firm, has created a new corporate ownership structure to secure continuity of its sixty-year history of answering questions, identifying opportunities, and solving real-world problems for businesses, institutions and government, helping them put their data to work.

MSA was founded in 1963 by Dr. Alfred A. Kuehn after ten years on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s GSIA, now known as the Tepper Business School, based initially on his ground-breaking work studying dynamics of consumer purchasing behavior. While available data analytic tools and techniques and the IT computing fabric have exploded by orders of magnitude since then, the principles behind looking for solutions to unstructured problems and extracting them from data using informatics has not.

On November 9, 2023, Dr. Kuehn transferred all MSA ownership to the MSA Purpose Trust and the Dr. Alfred A. Kuehn Innovation Institute. With this innovative ownership structure, MSA and Dr. Kuehn have built a framework for others to pursue his efforts, and preserved MSA’s ability to continue in perpetuity his life-long passion for innovation and quantitative approaches to problem solving.

Listen to the story of MSA's growth and how it is looking to be a leader in the emerging cannabis industry.