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Systems Thinking for Curious Managers free pdf Shortly before his death in 2009, we had agreed with Russ Ackoff the text of his latest contribution to the management debate. Called Systems Thinking for Curious Managers it features more than 40 new and previously unpublished f-LAWS (in the same vein as those published in his 2007 title, Management f-LAWS). As before, each f-LAW is accompanied by a witty, sometimes acerbic and always insightful commentary. Any one of these could serve as the ideal starting point for a strategy or planning meeting, for a team discussion, for a position or briefing paper. In this collection, find out: Why it is better to dissolve a problem than solve it The best place to begin an intellectual, strategic or planning 'journey' Russ Ackoff's contribution to the discussion on how organisation can best bring about 'continuous improvement' ...and his thoughts on benchmarking The relationship between consensus and agreement...and how best to reach agreement What makes a successful business author And much more besides...The book also includes: The 81 f-LAWS from the first collection (just the f-LAWS, not Russ's commentary or Sally Bibb's responses) An extended essay written by Andrew Carey (and agreed with Russ Ackoff) which presents a thumbnail sketch of Ackoff's approach to Systems Thinking and Interactive Design and ties them in to his collection of f-LAWS. For anyone new to Ackoff's work or simply looking for a handy introduction to Systems Thinking in organisations, this is the ideal starting point. Separate sections cover: Systems Thinking in the Crossfire Definitions The Feedback Loop Tropisms Self-Organisation Interconnectedness Equifinality Events vs Systems Parts vs the Whole Mess Analysis vs Synthesis Failure to Learn Change Aims and Intentions People A moving tribute to Russ Ackoff in the Foreword by his long-time friend and business partner Jamshid Gharajedaghi.

About Russell Ackoff

Russell Lincoln Ackoff (12 February 1919 - 29 October 2009) was one of the 20th century's foremost organizational theorists, a respected consultant and Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1941. From 1942 to 1946 he served in the US Army, stationed in the Philippines. He returned to study at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his doctorate in philosophy of science in 1947, as C. West Churchman's first doctoral student, and also taught logic. From 1967 onwards, he received a number of honorary doctorates.His career in Operations Research began at the end of the 1940s. His 1957 book Introduction to Operations Research, co-authored with C. West Churchman and Leonard Arnoff, helped to define the field. Ackoff was president of the Operations Research Society of America in 1956-1957 and president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences in 1987.A founding member of the Institute of Management Sciences, his work in consulting and education involved more than 350 corporations and 75 government agencies in the United States and beyond. Management grandee, he was voted one of the world's most influential business thinkers in a recent poll by the Harvard Business Review.

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Author : Russell Ackoff
Publisher : Triarchy Press
Data Published : 09 December 2010
ISBN : 1908009071
EAN : 9781908009074
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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