April 04, 2014

Transforming the Systems Movement

By Russell L. Ackoff

Posted on 3/31/2014

The situation the world is in is amess. This hardly requires documentation; it's obvious. Furthermore, as Leslie Gelb observed (1991), the prospects for improvement are not promising: the emerging world requires a new foreign policy agenda, and fresh faces to execute that agenda. The trouble is, the same old "experts" are still running foreign policy and most of them only dimly understand the world they preside over. Indeed, few people today, in or out of Government, have the backgroundand skills to grasp, let alone direct, the new agenda.
Reform will not do it; transformations are required, two kinds. First a transformation of the way nations and international institutions handle gobal affairs and second, a transformation in the way systems thinkers collectively conduct the systems movement. The second must come first if we hope to have any effect on the global mess.
To read more click here: Transforming the Systems Movement

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March 31, 2014

Towards the Social Business School

Posted March 18, 2014

This post is a summary of a devastating critique that the great systems thinker Russell Ackoff made of business schools twenty years ago, why he’s still mainly right, and why social technologies now provide us with phenomenal possibilities for the Social Business School – an alternative and highly effective approach to business education.

To read more click here: Towards the Social Business School

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February 20, 2014

GRADUATE EDUCATION – An Idealized Design

Russell L. Ackoff notes 3/3/2006

Education, as previously noted, involves subjects and practices.  A subject is a body of information, knowledge and/or understanding that can be learned by reading and listening to relevant material and, in some cases, by engaging in exercises.  Examples of subjects are history, literature, logic, mathematics, and economics.  Practices, on the other hand, are activities that can only be leaned by engaging in them.  Such learning can be significantly supplemented and consolidated by reading and listening.  Examples are the practices of medicine, law, and architecture.

            The importance of the distinction between subjects and practices becomes apparent when we take the position that graduate education should be exclusively directed at practices, even the practice of teaching or conducting research on subjects.  It is this characteristic of graduate education, as we see it that dictates many of the properties it ought to have.  It is also this characteristic that differentiates it from undergraduate education.

please click the link to read more  Download Ackoff -- Graduate design

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January 28, 2014

Message from System Dynamics Society

18 books now available through the Society

Are you a book collector? Back in August, Jay Forrester, Bob Eberlein, and numerous Society officers and members convened to discuss how to keep the important publications previously sold by Pegasus Communications in circulation. We are very excited to announce the new home for these books is at the System Dynamics Society. These are some of the best teaching books in the field. The Society’s goal is to keep these books available – they are now on sale at here: http://www.systemdynamics.org/books-for-sale/.

We see this as a huge benefit to the field. To celebrate the launch of the sale of these books through the Society, we are auctioning off a rare first edition signed copy of your favorite author’s book, World Dynamics. It is a great book, but a signed first edition is even better. Have this unique book on your library shelf and help support the System Dynamics Society!

Please visit the Books For Sale site to see the list of the eighteen titles and to learn how to participate in the auction.

Best, Roberta

Roberta Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
300 Milne Hall, 135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

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January 08, 2014

Thinking About the Future

By Russell L. Ackoff

This is the transcript of the talk given by late Russell Ackoff at the Tällberg (Sweden) Forum 2005:

"I am not the right person to have been assigned the topic, “Thinking about the Future.”  I am a presentologist, not a futurologist.

So much time is currently spent in worrying about the future that the present is allowed to go to hell.  Unless we correct some of the world’s current systemic deficiencies now, the future is condemned to be as disappointing as the present.

My preoccupation is with where we would ideally like to be right now.   Knowing this, we can act now so as constantly to reduce the gap between where we are and where we want to be.  Then, to a large extent, the future is created by what we do now.  Now is the only time in which we can act."

To download the transcript click on: Download Ackoff's Tallberg talk DOC copy 1

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November 30, 2013

Leadership Cannot be Taught

By Russsell Ackoff

This is the transcript of the talk given by Professor Ackoff on many occasions in the mid 2000s. Different versions of the same talk have been published in several of his books and journal articles. This talk highlights the need for systems thinking and design as core leadership competencies as envisioned by Ackoff.

To download the transcript click on: Download Leadership Cannot be Taught

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October 13, 2013

A Major Mistake that Managers Make

Full Transcript of the Talk given by Russell L. Ackoff at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006.

All through school we are taught that making a mistake is a bad thing. We are downgraded for them. When we graduate and enter the real world and the organizations that occupy it, the aversion to mistakes continues. As a result one tries either to avoid them or, if one is made, to conceal it or transfer blame to another.

We pay a high price for this because one can only learn from mistakes; by identifying and correcting them .

To read the transcript, Download Ackoff: A major mistake that managers make.

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September 06, 2013

Systems Thinking and Logistics Positions at the University of Hull

The Business School at the University of Hull (UK) is making a major investment in systems thinking and logistics, two of the research areas where we already have a strong international reputation and see scope for continued growth and development. There are two professorships, one senior lectureship and one lectureship available.

The Professor of Systems Thinking will join both the Management Systems Subject Group and the Centre for Systems Studies. The latter has 22 staff members and 38 PhD students, making it one of the largest systems thinking research groups in the Western world. We have a strong and well established international reputation in the systems community, and a growing national and international reputation in operational research and other management research communities. The new Professor will take forward and enhance this reputation.
We are also advertising Senior Lecturer and Lecturer positions. Ideally, one of these will be filled by a systems thinker and the other by a logistics specialist.
In addition, we are recruiting a Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management to join our internationally renowned Logistics Institute and play a leading role in taking forward our supply chain research.
I would like to encourage applications for these positions, which have a deadline of 20 September 2013. Links to them can be found below.
Professor of Systems Thinking (BS0009)
Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management (BS0010)
Senior Lecturer in Management Systems (BS0011)
Lecturer in Management Systems (BS0012)
Best wishes,
Gerald Midgley

   Professor Gerald Midgley
   Director, Centre for Systems Studies
   Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise
   T +44 (0)1482 463316
   Hull University Business School
   University of Hull
   Hull, HU6 7RX, UK

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August 22, 2013

Source for Idealized Design

Idealized Design, a segment of Interactive Planning, is an organizational development process developed by Russell L. Ackoff in the 1950's which enables an organization to get beyond the problem solving mode and unleash their innovative potential.

Source for Idealized Design

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July 29, 2013

Russell Lincoln Ackoff Systems Thinking Library

To commemorate the death (on October 29, 2009) of Professor Russell L. Ackoff, Distinguished Affiliate Faculty in Organizational Dynamics and Anheuser Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science in the Wharton School, a generous gift was provided to the Russell Lincoln Ackoff Systems Thinking Library and Archive by the Anheuser Busch Foundation. The physical space of the Ackoff Library is used regularly for meetings, presentations, and holds Professor Ackoff’s academic books, papers, manuscripts, photos, as well as books written by students and colleagues who attribute thanks to him. Under development, as well, is the Ackoff Virtual Inquiry Center which serves as a “central nervous system” for the global Systems and Design community.

The mission of the Russell L. Ackoff Systems Thinking Library is to support , develop and advance within academia and organizations across the world the scholarship and application of systems and design thinking, methods and practice conceived and established by Professor Russell L. Ackoff.

Russell Lincoln Ackoff Systems Thinking Library


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