Alfonso Montuori Alfonso Montuori

Transformative Studies
Transformative Inquiry Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

Transformative Leadership
Transformative Inquiry Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, Saybrook Institute
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, University of London

Alfonso Montuori is Professor in the Transformative Inquiry Department at California Institute of Integral Studies. A graduate of the University of London, he is the author of several books and numerous articles on creativity and improvisation, the epistemology of complexity, transdisciplinarity, social change, and education. His work has been translated in Italian, French, Spanish, and Chinese.

Alfonso's books include Evolutionary Competence (Gieben, 1989); From Power to Partnership (co-authored with Isabella Conti, Harper San Francisco, 1993); Creators on Creating (co-edited with Barron & Barron, Putnam, 1997); and Social Creativity, vols. 1-2 (co-edited with Ronald E. Purser, Hampton Press, 1999), and Journeys in Complexity (2015). In 2006 Alfonso became a San Francisco Library Laureate.

Alfonso has contributed articles in publications such as Academy of Management Review, Futures, Human Relations, Journal of Management Education, and Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

In 2003-2004, Alfonso was Wiepking Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts department at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, and in 2018 Distinguished Visiting Professor at Sapienza University of Rome. Alfonso has also taught at the College of Notre Dame, the Saybrook Institute, and, 1985-1986, at South-Central University in Changsha, Hunan Province, in the People's Republic of China, where he developed and taught the first courses in management and organization theory.

Alfonso is Co-Editor of World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, and was General Editor of Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences at Hampton Press, which has published important works by Gregory Bateson, Gianluca Bocchi & Mauro Ceruti, Edgar Morin, Ervin Laszlo, and other leading thinkers; he is on the editorial board of numerous academic journals. Alfonso is on the board of numerous journals and organizations, and on the Honorary Committee of "EMOH" (Edgar MORIN, oeuvre ouverte pour l'humanité) a project dedicated to the diffusion of the work of Edgar Morin.

Alfonso has consulted with numerous leaders and artists as well as international corporations, including NetApp, U.S. Forest Service, Procter & Gamble, CABA (Climate Action Business Association), Training Vision (Singapore), Pacific Bell, Stentor Group (Canada), Climate XChange, Kaiser Permanente, Interstate Insurance, Omnitel-Olivetti (Italy), & ENEL (Italy).

Alfonso was born an Italian citizen in Holland, and lived in Lebanon, Greece, and England before coming to the United States in 1983, when he became a dual US-Italian citizen. His father was Italian and his mother Dutch, and Alfonso spoke several languages from an early age. He picked up English, his 4th language, at age 12 when his family moved to London. In London Alfonso worked as an interpreter for Scotland Yard and as a professional musician on saxophone and flute, making numerous recordings with his own band and as a session man, gigging extensively throughout England for several years. Today, Alfonso continues his passion for music through his collaboration with his wife, the jazz singer Kitty Margolis, playing the saxophone and as producer of her award-winning recordings.


Montuori, A. (Ed.) (2015). Journeys in Complexity: Autobiographical Accounts by Leading Systems and Complexity Thinkers. New York: Routledge.

Maldonato, M., Mininni, G., Montuori, A., Recchia-Luciani, A. (2007). La coscienza: Come la biologia inventa la cultura. [Consciousness: How biology invents culture.] Naples: Guida.

Refereed Articles in Journals and Proceedings

Montuori, A. (2017) Evolution, risk and uncertainty. International Social Sciences Journal (Chinese edition), Vol. 34 No. 2 June 2017 - ISSN 1002-4913. Social sciences in China Press - Unesco, pp. 40-56. (In Chinese)

Montuori, A. (2017). Transdisciplinariedad e investigación creativa en la educación transformadora: Investigando el grado de investigación. Perfiles de Ingenieria, EI 3-EI 17. Universidad Ricardo Palma, Peru.

Bocchi, G., Cianci, E., Montuori, A., Trigona, R. & Nicolaus, O. (2014). Educating for Creativity. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, 70:5-6, 336-369.

Bocchi, G., Cianci, E., Montuori, A., Trigona, R. (2014) History and Conditions for Creativity, World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, 70:5-6, 309-335.

Bocchi, G., Cianci, E., Montuori, A., Trigona, R. (2014). Eureka! The Myths of Creativity, World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, 70:5-6, 276-308.

Montuori, A., & Donnelly, G. (January-March 2014). Come together...for what? Creativity and leadership in postnormal times. East West Affairs, 47-70.

Montuori, A. (2014). Transdisciplinary reflections on Glaveanu's "crisis" of the psychology of creativity. Creativity. Theories-Research-Applications, 1(246-255).

Montuori, A. (2014). Un choc des mentalities: Incertitude, créativité et complexité en temps de crise. (A clash of mentalities. Uncertainty, creativity and complexity in a time of crisis. Communications. 95(2), 179-198.

Montuori, A. (2013). Leadership trasformativa per il XXI secolo. Riflessioni sul progetto di un curriculum di leadership post-laurea. Narrare I Gruppi. Etnografia dell'interazione quotidiana. 8, 1, 18-37.

Montuori, A., & Donnelly, G. (2013). Creative Inquiry and scholarship: Applications and implications in a doctoral degree. World Futures, 69(11), 1-19.

Montuori, A., & Donnelly, G. (2013). Creativity at the opening of the 21st century. Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience & Collaboration, 19(2), 58-63.

Montuori, A. (2013). The complexity of transdisciplinary literature reviews. Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education. 10, 1-2, 45-55.

Montuori, A. (2013). Creativity and the Arab Spring. East West Affairs. 1, 1, 30-47.

Montuori, A. (2013). Complexity and transdisciplinarity: Reflections on theory and practice. World Futures, 69(4-6) 200-230.

Montuori, A. (2011). Creativity in transformative education: An exploration in doctoral education. In M. Alhadeff-Jones & A. Kokkos (Eds.), Transformative Learning in time of crisis: Individual and collective challenges: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Transformative Learning (pp. 204-210). Athens, Greece.

Montuori, A. (2011). Creative Inquiry: Confronting the challenges of scholarship in the 21st century. Futures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Future Studies. 44, 1, 64-70.

Montuori, A. (2011). Beyond postnormal times: the future of creativity and the creativity of the future. Futures. The Journal of Policy, Planning, and Future Studies. 41, 2, 221-227.

Chapters in Books

Montuori, A. (2019). Authoritarianism and creativity. Else Frenkel-Brunswik and The Authoritarian Personality. In V. Glaveanu, (Ed.). Creativity Reader (pp.517-530). New York: Oxford University Press.

Montuori, A. (2017). The nature of creativity. In E. G. Carayannis (Ed.), Encyclopedia of creativity, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship (pp. 1347-1354). New York: Springer.

Montuori, A., & Donnelly, G. (2017).  Come together…for what? Creativity and leadership in postnormal times. In Z. Sardar (Ed.), The Postnormal Times Reader (pp. 357-378). London: Centre for Postnomal Policy and Futures.

Montuori, A. (2017). Comment. In E. Laszlo, (Ed.), Beyond fear and rage. Cardiff, CA: Digital Press.

Montuori, A., & Donnelly, G. (2016). The creativity of culture and the culture of creativity research: The promise of Integrative Transdisciplinarity. In V. P. Glăveanu (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity and Culture Research (pp. 743-765). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Taylor, M. J., & Montuori, A. (2015). A new understanding of creativity. In M. J. Taylor (Ed.), Fostering creativity in rehabilitation (pp. 23-46). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Montuori, A. (2015). La cultura de la transformacion y la transformacion de la cultura: Claudio Naranjo y la evolucion de el potencial humano. In C. Naranjo (Ed.), Actas del simposio. Dimensiones de la Unica Busqueada (pp. 137-160). Barcelona: Ediciones La Llave.

Montuori, A. (2013). The culture of transformation and the transformation of culture. Claudio Naranjo and the human potential movement. In Catalyst of Miracles: A Festschrift for Claudio Naranjo. Nevada City: Gateways Books.

Montuori, A. (2011). Complexity, epistemology, and the challenge of the future. In S. O. Johannessen & L. Kuhn (Eds.), Complexity in Organization Studies. Volume 2: Theorizing about complexity in organization studies. Los Angeles: Sage.

Montuori, A. (2011). The complexity of improvisation and the improvisation of complexity. Social science, art, and creativity. In S. O. Johannessen & L. Kuhn (Eds.), Complexity in Organization Studies. Volume 3: Implications and applications of complexity thinking in organization studies: Strategy, organizational dynamics, and innovation. Los Angeles: Sage.

Montuori, A. (2011). Changing views and practices of innovation: The emergence of contextual perspectives. In Innovating innovation: An interdisciplinary perspective. In R. Pietrobon, J. Shah & M. Maldonato (Eds.), Innovating innovation: An interdisciplinary perspective: Amazon Digital.

Montuori, A. (2010). Research and the research degree: Transdisciplinarity and Creative Inquiry. In Research on scientific research: A transdisciplinary study. M. Maldonato & R. Pietrobon (Eds.). pp. 110-135. Brighton & Portland: Sussex Academic Press.

Chapters in Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Montuori, A. & Donnelly, G. (2018). Transformative leadership. In J. Neal, Handbook of Personal and Organizational Transformation. New York: Springer.

Montuori, A. & R. Purser (2014). Humanistic psychology in the workplace. In Bugental, J.F.T., Schneider, K., & J. Pierson (Eds.). Handbook of Humanistic Psychology. (pp. 723-734) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Montuori, A. (2012). The Nature of Creativity. In E. G. Carayannis, (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Heidelberg: Springer.

Montuori, A. (2011). Creative inquiry. In N. M. Seel (Ed.), The encyclopedia of the sciences of learning. Heidelberg: Springer.

Montuori, A. (2011). Narcissistic learning. In N. M. Seel (Ed.), The encyclopedia of the sciences of learning. Heidelberg: Springer.

Montuori, A. (2011). Reproductive learning. In N. M. Seel (Ed.). The encyclopedia of the sciences of learning. Heidelberg: Springer.

Montuori, A. (2011). Creativity and its nature. In N. M. Seel (Ed.). The encyclopedia of the sciences of learning. Heidelberg: Springer.

Montuori, A. (2011). Social Psychology. Encyclopedia of creativity. M. Runco & S. Pritzker, (Eds.). New York: Springer.

Montuori, A. (2011). Systems Theory. Encyclopedia of creativity. M. Runco & S. Pritzker, (Eds.). New York: Springer.

Forewords for Books

Montuori, A. (2017). Foreword. Martin, V. Transdisciplinarity revealed. What librarians need to know. Santa Barbara: AB-CLIO.

Montuori, A. (2015). Foreword: Traversi Guerra, L. & Trigona, R. Sulla via creativa. Educandosi-educare. Gli incontri di lunedì in Cascina Alta: testimonianze e sperimentazioni nel mondo del lavoro. [ On the creative path. Educating ourselves and others. The Monday meetings in Cascina Alta: Experiments and testimonies in the world of work.]  Milano: LIBRI ESTE

Montuori, A. (2011). Foreword: McGregor, S. L. T. & Volckmann, R. Transversity: A study of transdisciplinary program development in higher education. Tucson, Arizona: Integral Publishers.

Montuori, A. (2009). Foreword: Morin, E. Vidal and his family. From Salonica to Paris. The story of a Sephardic family in the Twentieth Century. Brighton & Portland: Sussex Academic.

Montuori, A. (2008). Foreword: Low, A. Creativity and conflict at work. Human roots of corporate life. Brighton & Portland: Sussex Academic.

Montuori, A. (2008). Foreword: Ceruti, M. Evolution without foundations. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Montuori, A. (2008). Foreword: Morin, E. California Journal. Brighton & Portland: Sussex Academic.

Montuori, A. (2008). Foreword: Morin, E. On complexity. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.


Montuori, A. (Presenter). (2017, February 15). The Future of Creativity [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from   

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