Russell Ackoff

Ramage, Magnus and Shipp, Karen (2020). Russell Ackoff. In: Ramage, Magnus and Shipp, Karen eds. Systems Thinkers (Second Edition). London: Springer, pp. 141–149.



Russell Ackoff (usually known as ‘Russ’) was a pioneer of the application of systems approaches to management, both through theoretical developments and through a deep and practical engagement with many different organisations. He was a strong advocate of the need for systems approaches to take full account of the complexity of inter-related problems and not simply to present glib technical solutions.

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