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The Art of Problem Solving: Accompanied by Ackoff's Fables

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Uses a unique perspective to overcome the deficiencies of a purely scientific approach to managerial decision making. Explores the creative art of problem solving, presenting material in a discursive style. Focus is on discussing a serious activity with some humor (with accompanying "fables"--based on real problems faced by real managers--for illustration). Examines princi ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 20th 1987 by Wiley (first published 1978)
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Paul Brooks
EAsy afternoon read for anyone interested in mathmatical thinking or managment. not much math here, just interesting stories that inspire thought. Ackoff is very readable and a great teacher in many respects.
Tnsitt
Although I'm still reading this book, but I can say that the author, Russell L. Ackoff, is real good in describing things, which we call "problem" regarding to this book, philosophically. This may disturb you since philosophy is pretty hard to understand, but this also give you a broader vision and better concept for problem solving. Those guys who are interested in Operations Research or Quantitative Analysis should pay attention to this book, this may give you another concept of problem solvin ...more
Gloria
Skimmed to determine what sections might be good for an undergraduate course I'm teaching in the spring.

Overall, I think a good book, introduction to systems.
Alejandro Teruel
Un excelente, lúcido y ameno libro escrito por una de las figuras fundadoras de la Investigación de Operaciones.
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Russell Lincoln Ackoff was Anheuser Busch Professor Emeritus of management science at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Professor Ackoff was an American organizational theorist and consultant, and a pioneer in the fields of operations research and management science.
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