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Systems Thinking for Curious Managers: With 40 New Management F-Law

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This gem of a book introduces the extraordinary world of Systems Thinking and its "Dean," Russell Ackoff, to curious and enquiring managers, teachers, business people - anyone, anywhere who works in an organisation.Finished just before Professor Ackoff's death late in 2009, Systems Thinking for Curious Managers opens the door to a joined up way of thinking about things tha ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 18th 2010 by Triarchy Press Ltd
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Daryle Abrahams
May 20, 2016 Daryle Abrahams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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We are entrenched in a system which encourages us to look inside it for answers as to how to improve it. However, until we entertain the idea that another system exists we will continue to move in negative cycles; negative to our health and negative to the dream of opportunity. Until a fish recognises that the air and land exist, it cannot fathom an alternative path for evolution. It will stay within its system. We are currently entrenched in a system of measuring people, rath
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Jukka Lindström
I liked the condenced format of the book - it was a quick read.

Most of the f-laws are found in other books by Ackoff like Re-creating the corporation - so it was nice to see them listed here. I gave it three stars as I the book does not stand too well by itself and I would have hoped more new insights and ideas for me how to lead and manage.
André Heijstek
Jul 06, 2011 André Heijstek rated it it was amazing
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Excellent small book with a good basic introduction in systems thinking, and many, sometimes hilarious management f-laws.
See here for a more elaborate review: http://andreheijstek.wordpress.com/20... (partly in Dutch, mostly in English)
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A nice little book. Quick read. Great introduction to Systems Thinking - from an remarkable man I've only just discovered. Keeping this within reach for dipping in from time to time.
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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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