Anatomy of Change – Millennia Old Model for Navigating Change and Uncertainty by Mikhail Goussev



“Everything in the universe, from human relationships to high energy particle interactions is participating in a ceaseless process of change guided by simple, yet universal patterns. From the beginning of philosophical thought in ancient China, nearly 4000 years ago through current research in physics and molecular biology, one basic question is being posed: How do phenomena change?” (Phillips, 1992)  This book explores one of the world oldest and perhaps the most universal system developed by mankind - the I Ching, or the ancient Chinese Classic of Change - to address this question in the context of human relationships and organizational dynamics.



Mikhail’s dissertation, which served as a foundation for this book, pursued the bold goal of establishing parallels between the ancient Taoist philosophy and worldview and the present economic model of the Western world based on the universal principals of Yin and Yang. This book addresses some of the critical feedback I had provided and makes this theory applicable and stimulating to individuals in the fields of business and economics. I hope many people will use Mikhail’s book to gain insights that are relevant to their present and future professional activities.

Hiroshi Motoyama, Ph.D., Ph.D.
President of CIHS

The book Anatomy of Change by Mikhail Goussev is the most up-to-date explanation of the ancient Chinese classic, the I Ching, teaching humanity how to adapt to inevitable changes while keeping the constancy of our human-heartedness. There is no other research in China or in the West that makes the sophisticated patterns of change described in the I Ching so easy to understand and apply to our daily activities in business world, and personal and professional relationships. It is a must-read book for everyone who wishes to understand the wisdom of the Chinese civilization and why this longest-lived society in human history is able to develop faster than that of any other younger nation.

Tanya Storch, Ph.D.
Professor of Buddhist Studies
University of the Pacific

About the Author

Mikhail Goussev is an M.B.A. graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from the California Institute for Human Science, and an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Moscow State Technical University of Radio-engineering, Electronics and Automation. Dr. Goussev currently works in the financial services industry in New York City.

In addition to a career in finance, he is a long-time student of East Asian wisdom traditions and has complemented his academic work with numerous field study trips to Asia. In his doctoral work, Dr. Goussev researched the application of ancient Chinese classical texts in the context of modern decision-making, business analysis, leadership and management.

Mikhail is a frequent speaker at conferences and conducts workshops at leading academic and corporate establishments throughout the U.S. in addition to teaching graduate level classes as an adjunct faculty member.

Please visit Mikhail’s website for additional information on the topic of the I Ching and his other works.




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