About Us

The Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) was founded in 1999  to facilitate the conversation between academics and practitioners regarding the implications of complexity thinking for the management of organizations. To support this aim ISCE organizes a variety of events, sponsors the international trans-disciplinary journal, Emergence: Complexity and Organizations (formerly known as Emergence), or simply, E:CO, supports an ongoing book series, and conducts research.

ISCE's research activities are focused on social complexity theory and its applications including: the philosophical implications of complexity, the role of language in understanding organizations, coherence in organizations, the simplification of the irreducible, complexity-based tools for policy analysis.

ISCE also acts to help co-ordinate the research activities of the ISCE fellows to ensure that each fellow is aware of each other fellow's research to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and synthesis.

In 2015, ISCE created the Affirmative Consent Division to begin a social experiment in resilient coherence. Affirmative consent is an emergent response to changing social mores regarding sexual interactions. Members of our Affirmative Consent division are provided with a mobile application the aim of which is to change the context in which these interactions are discussed. Social complexity theory suggests that by embodying a contextual change and giving that embodiment the opportunity to acquire network effects, coherence can be reached in a "faster" manner. The Affirmative Consent Division is our attempt to see if this theoretical notion has any truth.

Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence
14 Stratford Rd, Marblehead, MA 01945

Phone: +1 6177109565
+1 305-513-5658
E-mail:         info@isce.edu

Faculty and Fellows

Michael Lissack, Executive Director and ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations
Hugo Letiche, ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations (emeritus)
Kurt Richardson, Managing Editor of E:CO
Peter Allen,  Editor of E:CO
Jeffrey Goldstein, Editor of E:CO
David Snowden, Editor of E:CO
Max Boisot (in memorium)
Paul Cilliers (in memorium)
Jerry L.R. Chandler
Jack Cohen
Lynn Crawford
Ken Friedman
Alicia Juarerro
Susanne N. Kelly
Terrence Letiche
Roger Lewin
Gerald Midgley
Birute Regine
Andrew Rixon
Duska Rosenberg
Ron Schultz
Christine Sutherland
Stuart Umpleby