January 29, 2010
Memorial Service for Russell Ackoff at The Wharton School
Memorial Service Information
Russell Ackoff, Anheuser Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science in the Wharton School and Distinguished Affiliated Faculty, Organizational Dynamics, in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been described as a Renaissance Man, architect, city planner, philosopher, behavioral scientist, trailblazer in the field of organizational operations, the pre-eminent authority on organizational systems theory, best-selling author, world traveler – even a humorist.
Dr. Ackoff received his undergraduate degree in architecture and his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his appointments at the Wharton School which began in 1964, he had held academic positions and visiting professorships from a dozen universities. His more than 300 academic publications including more than two dozen books and hundreds of journal articles and monographs address topics
such as psycholinguistics, measuring consumer interest, exploring personality, corporate planning, the art of problem solving, and leadership. His editorial board responsibilities have included Conflict Resolution, Philosophy of Science, Management Science, and Systems Research and Behavioral Science. Among his academic memberships, awards, fellowships, medals, and endowment fund, are 6 honorary doctorates in science and letters. His research, consulting and education work has involved more that 350 corporations and 75 government agencies worldwide.
Dr. Ackoff has been honored at
Penn by the establishment of the Ackoff Center for Advancement of
Systems Approaches (ACASA) in the School of Engineering and Applied
Science, the Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowships in the Wharton
School, and the Russell L. Ackoff System Thinking Library in the School
of Arts and Sciences.