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Ackoff's best : his classic writings on management

Author: Russell Lincoln Ackoff
Publisher: New York : Wiley, ©1999.
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Russell Ackoff is an observer of homo commercium. Now, Ackoff's Best offers you an opportunity to become acquainted with this irreverent genius who, over the past forty years, has done so much to shape our understanding of the modern business organization.
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Ackoff, Russell Lincoln, 1919-2009.
Ackoff's best.
New York : Wiley, c1999
(OCoLC)749171597
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Russell Lincoln Ackoff
ISBN: 0471316342 9780471316343
OCLC Number: 39074191
Description: xi, 356 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. Systems. Ch. 1. Our Changing Concept of the World. Ch. 2. Reflections on Systems and Their Models. Ch. 3. Growth versus Development. Ch. 4. Toward a System of Systems Concepts. Ch. 5. Beating the System --
Pt. II. Planning. Ch. 6. The Nature of Planning. Ch. 7. Alternative Types of Planning. Ch. 8. Problem Treatments. Ch. 9. Mess Management. Ch. 10. Ends Planning. Ch. 11. Mission Statements. Ch. 12. Creativity and Constraints --
Pt. III. Applications. Ch. 13. Consumer Design. Ch. 14. Education. Ch. 15. Never Let Your Schooling Interfere with Your Education. Ch. 16. Crime. Ch. 17. The Effect of Advertising on Sales: A Study of Relations. Ch. 18. On Pairs and Trios: The Smallest Social Systems.
Responsibility: Russell L. Ackoff.
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Russell Ackoff is an observer of homo commercium. Now, Ackoff's Best offers you an opportunity to become acquainted with this irreverent genius who, over the past forty years, has done so much to shape our understanding of the modern business organization.

Ackoff's exploration of systems theory and its effect on business provides the backbone of this collection. Also included are his most lasting and thought-provoking writings on an array of topics in business, society and human behavior that well reflect the sweeping scope of Ackoff's intellect and expertise. From managing teams, maximizing the effectiveness of information systems, and problem solving, to creativity, crime, and the role of the corporation in a democratic society, these writings are a cornucopia of insights, observations, and powerful lessons that will help you maximize your personal development and the effectiveness of your organization.

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