Alexander Laszlo (scientist)

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Alexander Laszlo (1964) an American systems scientist, known as co-founder and President of Syntony Quest and former Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (EGADE-ITESM), Mexico. He is also President-Elect [1] of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He currently serves as core faculty for the Organizational Systems Renewal program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, Washington.[2]


Alexander Laszlo, son of Ervin László, born in Fribourg, Switzerland, received a BA from Haverford College, with a major in International and Comparative Political Science and a minor in Human Physiology. At the University of Pennsylvania he received his MA in History and Sociology of Science, and a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Policy.

He has been faculty member of both the MBA in Sustainable Business at Bainbridge Graduate Institute and the MBA in Sustainable Management at the Presidio School of Management since the first year of operation of each program. Laszlo now serves as Adjunct Faculty in the MBA in Sustainable Entrepreneurship program of the Green MBA at Dominican University, in the Leadership of Sustainable Systems program at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels at Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Study at the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University.

He has worked for the UNESCO Regional Office for Science & Technology for Europe, the Italian Electric Power Agency, and the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. He has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute, and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI).

He is on the Editorial Boards of Systems Research & Behavioral Science,[3] World Futures,[4] and Organisational Transformation & Social Change.[5] An active member of several systems science societies, among them Co-Chair of Evolutionary Development SIG at International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),[6] Alexander Laszlo is author of over fifty journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, with A Field Guide for Evolutionary Leaders forthcoming.

Alexander Laszlo is the recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, as well as of the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, for work in social innovation and sustainable development, and finalist for the 2003 Beyond Gray Pinstripes award of the World Resources Institute and the Aspen Institute for educational work in sustainable business.[7][8]

He is also Head Instructor of the Dojang At Occidental (the DAO) with over 25 years of experience. He holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan style of Tae Kwon Do and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan style of Karate.[9]


Laszlo applies in his research, teachings and practice systems thinking, policy analysis, and technology assessment to issues of individual and collective empowerment, and community-building activities on the design and implementation of evolutionary pathways for self-directed sustainability. Laszlo teaches on evolutionary leadership, collaboration, and systems thinking at a variety of MBA and Doctoral programs internationally.


(selected sample)

  • "The systems sciences in service of humanity" (with E. Laszlo). In D.M.K. Al Gobaisi (Ed.), The encyclopedia of life support systems: Water, energy, environment, food & agriculture. 68 vols. London: EOLSS, 2003.
  • World Futures 59(8) December 2003. Special Issue: "Evolutionary Development." Guest Co-Editor.
  • "The epistemological foundations of Evolutionary Systems Design." Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 18, 2001. pp. 307–321.
  • "Systems theories: Their origins, foundations, and development" (with S. Krippner). In J.S. Jordan (Ed.), Systems theories and a priori aspects of perception. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1998. Ch. 3, pp. 47–74.
  • "Humanistic and systems sciences: The birth of a third culture" (with E. Laszlo). Pluriverso, 3(1), April 1998. pp. 108–121.
  • "The contribution of the systems sciences to the humanities" (with E. Laszlo). Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 14(1), April 1997. pp. 5–19.[10]


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