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October 28, 2010

“Systems Thinking: An Intellectual and Managerial Revolution”

Fourth Annual E. Leonard Arnoff Memorial Lecture on the Practice of Management Science
“Systems Thinking: An Intellectual and Managerial Revolution”
Russell L. Ackoff
7:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 2, 1995

Here are the links to the 4 videos...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pcuzRq-rDU (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8g6ZoobDV4 (part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A25qNUxhpKQ (part 3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzGWjU_Sjnk (part 4)

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October 15, 2010

Russ Ackoff Left Two Unpublished Manuscripts

"Russ was an incisive, lifelong critic of the modern organizational form. He saw its limitations and argued for radical redesign. He was an advocate for major re-visioning and processes of change that started with helping people see what they truly valued and where they truly wanted to get - and then working backwards to see what it would take to get there." Peter Senge, from his Foreword to Memories."

When he died late in 2009, Russ Ackoff left two unpublished manuscripts. Memories is the first of these - a collection of stories drawn from his life experience, selected by Russ because they stood out in his memory as instances where he learned something.
If you knew Russ or his work, you will recognize his remarkable ability to learn lessons, extract principles and derive shrewd insights from every area of his professional and personal life. In this book, Russ's anecdotes include serving in the US army during World War II; bringing up a young family; and encountering different cultures whilst working abroad. From analyzing birth rates in India, to a fireside chat with the Queen of Iran, to introducing theme parks to the US, the stories collected in Memories lay bare the workings of a number of well-known businesses and other organizations - and the people who run them. They describe common attitudes, behaviors and assumptions which, if left unchallenged, can destabilize or even destroy an organization.
Memories is available in paperback and a Hardcover Collector's Edition. Published by Triarchy Press on October 21, 2010, you can place orders now at the Triarchy Press website: http://www.triarchypress.com/pages/Ackoff_Memories.htm
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