Russell L. Ackoff

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Russell L. Ackoff since 1986 has been the Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and The University of Hull in the United Kingdom. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture and his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. At this university he was the founder and Chairman of the Social Systems Science Department and The Busch Center, which specialized in systems planning, research, and design.

"Dr. Ackoff is the author and co-author of 23 books, including Redesigning the Future, The Art of Problem Solving, Creating the Corporate Future, Revitalizing Western Economies, Management in Small Doses, Ackoff’s Fables, The Democratic Corporation, Ackoff’s Best, and Redesigning Society with Sheldon Rovin. His latest books are Idealized Design with Jason Magidson and Herbert Addison and Management f-Laws with Herbert Addison and Sally Bibbs." [1]

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  1. Management Vision, accessed November 15, 2010.
  2. International Society for the Systems Sciences Past Presidents, organizational web page, accessed April 12, 2012.
  3. Award, Tallberg Foundation, accessed November 15, 2010.