Re-creating the Corporation
A Design of Organizations for the 21st Century
By (author) Russell L. Ackoff
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Re-creating the Corporation by Russell L. Ackoff
Book DescriptionOver the last three decades the average life expectancy of a corporation in North America has dipped well below 20 years. In fact, by 1983 a full third of the 1970 Fortune 500 companies had been acquired, merged, or broken apart. In this landmark book, one of the business world's foremost pioneers, Russell L. Ackoff, delivers this indispensable guide for those hoping to beat these odds-and to better navigate the corporate challenges of the next millennium. While most business and management schools continue to teach the functions of a corporation separately-production, marketing, finance, personnel-the reality is that for a corporation to endure each division must work with the others to create an effective system. Re-Creating the Corporation is Ackoff's masterful blueprint for understanding and creating these model corporate systems. In four comprehensive sections-Background, Process, Designs, and Change-Ackoff lays out in clear concise prose the five organizational goals of successful corporate systems: plan effectively, learn and adapt rapidly, democratize, introduce internal market economies, and employ a flexible structure that will minimize the need for future restructuring. And through a deft mix of practical and theoretical examples drawn from a wide range of applications in a wide range of firms, this book ultimately guides executives to the system best suited to meet their organizational goals. Re-Creating the Corporation, which is the culmination of a lifetime of innovative and insightful business thought from one of the business world's premier thinkers, is essential reading for those attempting to navigate the rapidly changing economic environment of the next millennium.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195123876
(245mm x 164mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Russell L. Ackoff
Ackoff's F/laws: The Cake, Hardback (March 2012)
This is the first and only full collection of all 122 of Russell Ackoff's f/laws - previously only available in two separate Triarchy Press books.
Memories, Paperback (October 2010)
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Systems Thinking for Curious Managers, Paperback (March 2010)
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Puritan Gift, Paperback (January 2009)» View all books by Russell L. Ackoff
Where does the Protestant work ethic come from? And how did America achieve such dominance in management for so long? This title traces the origins and the characteristics of American managerial culture which, in the course of three centuries, turned a group of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth.
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Author Biography - Russell L. Ackoff
Russell L. Ackoff is currently Chairman of Interact, an institute dedicated to education, consulting, and research, and Professor Emeritus of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Considered one of the most innovative and insightful management thinkers of the 20th century, he is also the author of the acclaimed The Democratic Corporation: A Radical Prescription for Recreating Corporate America and Rediscovering Success, published by Oxford University Press in 1994.
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