by Russell L. Ackoff
Creating the Corporate Future:
Presents a participative systems approach to interactive planning. Describes how to formulate the system
of problems and opportunities that face a corporation.
Ackoff's Best: Timeless Observations on the Life of Business
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 improve the effectiveness of your organization.
Beating the System: Using Creativity to Outsmart
"Coauthors Russell Ackoff and Sheldon Rovin have spent their lives studying how organizational systems
work, and here they share both perversely entertaining anecdotes about the abuse of individuals by a variety of
bureaucracies, and descriptions of
Systems Thinking for Curious Managers: with 40 New Management f-Laws
Finished just before Professor Ackoff's death late in 2009, Systems Thinking for Curious Managers opens the door to a joined up way of thinking about things that has profoundly influenced thinkers and doers in the fields of business, politics, economics, biology, psychology.
Although Systems Thinking was 'invented' early in the 20th century, even Peter Senge's best-selling "The Fifth Discipline" (Systems Thinking is the fifth discipline) failed to popularize the term. But now, in business and academia, in the public sector and in the search for solutions to the environmental problems we face, Systems Thinking is being talked about everywhere.
This timely book presents 40 more of Russ Ackoff's famously witty and incisive f-Laws (or flaws) of business - following on from his 2007 collection "Management f-Laws". All those in this collection are new and previously unpublished. Andrew Carey's extended introduction ties these f-Laws into the rest of Ackoff's work and gives the reader new to Systems Thinking a practical guide to the implications of Systems Thinking for organisations and managers.
Management f-Laws: How Organizations Really Work
A full collection of more than 80 of Russell Ackoff's management f-laws: the uncomfortable truths about how organizations really work, what's wrong with the way we design and manage businesses, what makes managers tick... and how we can make things work better.