Faculty Profile: Alan Briskin

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Alan Briskin

School: Organizational Leadership and Transformation

Dr. Briskin is the author of The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, winner of the 1997 Body Mind Spirit Award of Excellence, and co-author of The Power of Collective Wisdom and Bringing Your Soul to Work: An Everyday Practice. He is also coauthor of Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care. He is a management consultant who for twenty years has been helping business leaders wrestle with how to create more effective and humane workplaces. His interest in collective intelligence and wisdom traditions has led him to seek increasing ways for people to collaborate on behalf of the greater good.
Highly regarded for his commentary on the changing nature of the workplace and work, his articles and observations appear often in the print media, including The Washington Post, London Times, and Across the Board. He has been a featured guest on national public radio, most recently in a series on "Anger in the Workplace", and has given keynotes or conducted workshops on the spiritual context of work throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa.
Alan consults to individuals and organizations in areas of leadership, work design, and organizational learning. He is on the faculty of Saybrook Graduate School, teaching within the Organizational Systems concentration. He teaches courses on the history of managment practices and on the growing interest of spirituality and work. Dr. Briskin is also a member of the Fetzer Institute's network of health care professionals advancing the concepts of relationship centered care. He has a doctorate degree in organizational psychology and is a professional associate of the Grubb Institute in London, England

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D., Psychology, 1984, Wright Institute
B.A. Education, 1974, Goddard College

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 I have maintained a management consultation practice for the past twenty years and have been conducting research on collective intelligence and spiritual wisdom for the past three years supported by grants from the Fetzer Institute.

Significant Publications

Centered on the Edge: Mapping the Field of Collective Intelligence and Spiritual Wisdom


Bringing Your Soul to Work: An Everyday Practice


The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace









Important Conference Presentations

Bringing Your Soul to Work: Presentations in London, Johannesburg, San Francisco, Vancouver, Scottsdale, and Kalamazoo

Research Interests

My work explores the conditions by which groups may develop a capacity for collective wisdom. My research interests have also included leadership, systems thinking, unconscious aspects of group life, the role of shadow in organizational systems, and the spiritual dimensions of work life.

Research Expertise

My area of research competence is primarily in qualitative studies, including phenomenology.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students


Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling