Name Michael Lissack
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Areas of Research Causation in the Social Sciences, Emergence and Complexity, Hermeneutics and Phenomenology, Explanation
Biographical Info Michael Lissack is the executive director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE), the ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations, the first Walter J. Hickel Professor at Alaska Pacific University, and a serial entrepreneur. He founded both a non-profit research institute and a charity for artists, launched an international PhD program in corporate anthropology, has written half dozen books, been a successful Wall Street banker, and a candidate for public office. Dr. Lissack has taught at a number of academic institutions in the US and Europe, run nine international conferences on the topics of complexity, management, health care, entanglement and ethics and founded a successful academic journal (E:CO). Worth Magazine recognized Dr. Lissack as one of "Wall Street's 25 Smartest Players" in 1999 and as one of the 100 Americans who have most influenced "how we think about money" in 2001. His most recent invention - an Internet research reference librarian replacement can be found at His most recent academic work can be found at