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A Transdisciplinary Mind: An Interview with Ian Mitroff

Author(s): Russ Volckmann | Ian Mitroff

Journal: Integral Review
ISSN 1553-3069

Issue: 2;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: crisis | integral | leadership | psychology | spirituality | systems | transdisciplinary

Known more widely as the “Father of Crisis Management,” University of Southern California professor Ian Mitroff came to the work of Ken Wilber and integral theory over two decades ago. No one else has brought an integral perspective to the fields of management and organization theory for as long as Mitroff. In this interview he talks about the development of his theories, the people he has worked closely with, his spiritual development and the streams of his work, including his research on spirituality in organizations. While his involvement with Wilber’s Integral Institute is not what he would like it to be, he sees there the potential to develop an institution that addresses the politicization and failures of our institutions of higher education. In the face of the crisis in leadership, integral and transdisciplinary approaches have the potential for making a positive difference as we are faced with the dissolution of distinctions that underlie how we make meaning in the world.
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