April 28, 2012
Russell Lincoln Ackoff
By Maurice W. Kirby and Johnathan Rosenhead
A chapter from the book: Profiles in Operations Research, Pioneers and Innovators
Written, Compiled and Edited By Arjang A. Assad and Saul I. Gass
The book which is published by Springer, includes 43 profiles of who is who in OR, organized chronologically. The book exposes "the history of the origins and early development of OR, how it evolved, all interwoven with personal backgrounds, tales, vignettes, and pictures." The chapter on Ackoff is very interesting and informative. Specifically, It covers his early years including his relationship with his parents and his family as well as his education at the University of Pennsylvania.
April 05, 2012
The Ackoff Centre for Systems and Design Thinking at Da Vinci Institute, South Africa
The Ackoff Centre for Systems and Design Thinking at Da Vinci Institute, Johannerburg, South Africa was launched in May 2010. The Da Vinci Institute is a school of management leadership focusing on, the Management of People, Innovation, Technology and Business. In celebration of the pioneering work in Systems and Design Thinking developed by the late Prof Russell Ackoff, Da Vinci embarked on a journey to develop an intimate working relationship with Prof Ackoff which resulted in the Design Thinking methodology offered by The Ackoff Centre for Systems and Design Thinking at Da Vinci.