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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
July 19, 2013
On Organizational Learning as Dealt With By Chris Argyris and Russ Ackoff
By Russ Ackoff
In 1999, as a result of inquiries made by his clients, colleagues and students, Dr. Ackoff wrote the attached memo. In this memo he explains the differences between Chris Argyris and himself on the subject of organizational learning.
To read the memo download the attached pdf file.
May 19, 2013
By Jamshid Gharajedaghi
During the last 50 years, our worldview has gone though a profound transformation in two critical dimensions.
There has been a shift in our way of knowing from analytical thinking, the science of dealing with independent sets of variables, to systems thinking, the art, and science of handling interdependent set of variables. There has also been a fundamental shift in our understanding of the nature of social systems from a mindless mechanical system to a purposeful socio-cultural system.
Unfortunately, despite all of the rhetoric to the contrary, our newfound insights have had little influence on our choices. A dominant analytical culture, with a scientific tag, has kept reproducing the same set of non-solutions all over again. Effective use of these discriminating conceptions requires both a clear understanding of the operating principles of socio-cultural systems and unambiguous recognition of the emerging challenge of handling interdependent variables.
This paper will try only to shed some light on the latter of the two dimensions, the nature and the behavior of socio-cultural systems.
To read more click here: Download Gharajedaghi Sociocultural systems revised 1-23-12 with edits
May 01, 2013
TYPES OF SYSTEMS
There are four basic types of system depending on whether the parts and the whole can display choice, and therefore, be purposeful.
|Type of System Model||Parts||Whole||Example|
|Mechanistic||No choice||No choice||Machines|
April 19, 2013
The International Society for the Systems Sciences Conference
July 2013 will be an exciting time in the history of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.
We warmly invite you to join us in a unique experience that will contribute significantly to making systems thinking more mainstream. The 57th Annual ISSS World Conference - Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet: Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization, Hai Phong City, Viet Nam — 14-19 July 2013, will provide you with an opportunity to contribute to a showcase of advances in systemic sustainability initiatives from around the world with hands-on experience in the UNESCO Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and at Hai Phong City, the first city in the world to be managed using an integral systems approach.
The Conference Committee invites contributions from systems scholars and professionals — whether in the academic world, industry/commerce or professional practice — to engage with one another, to create a space where systems theory/modeling/simulation meets systems practice/living/being, to co-create a living network of institutions and individuals learning together how thrivability frameworks and practices help humanity tackle real world complex problems.
February 08, 2013
Ackoff at UNAM -- The National Autonomous University of Mexico
Javier Livas kindly shared the video that he took from the talk given by late Russell Ackoff at the conference on "Participation and Development: The Mexico of the Future." The conference was in Mexico City: Celebrating Russell L. Ackoff’s 87th Anniversary, February 14 – 15, 2006.
Russ Ackoff had a long history of collaboration with Mexican scholars and professionals since the early 60’s. His planning methodology has been put into practice in several instances along a variety of institutions and corporations. All of the projects he has been involved in are unmistakably geared towards development with emphasis in stakeholder participation. His books in systems thinking, organizational design, development and other topics are widely used in Mexican universities. Many Mexican students as well as professionals have benefited from his thought by directly interacting with him as graduate students, in seminars, consulting or through personal communication.
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through the Institutes of Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), Engineering (II) and The School of Engineering (FI) organized the Symposium honoring Dr. Ackoff, focused on participation, development and the Mexico of the future.
To watch the video, click on the following link: ACKOFF AT UNAM