Idealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis...Today (paperback) by Russell L. AckoffIdealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis...Today (paperback) by Russell L. Ackoff

Idealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis...Today (paperback)

byRussell L. Ackoff, Jason Magidson, Herbert J. Addison

Paperback | April 20, 2006

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What's the best way to drive fundamental, transformative change within your organization? Envision your ideal solution: then, work backwards to where you are. It's called idealized design, and -- as executives in hundreds of organizations will testify -- it's one of the most powerful techniques you'll ever use. Authored by its legendary creator, Wharton Professor Emeritus Russell Ackoff, and leading practitioner Jason Magidson, Idealized Design covers every facet of this breakthrough methodology. You'll learn the fundamental differences between idealized design and traditional process re-engineering, and understand how idealized design eliminates many conventional obstacles to change. Start-to-finish techniques and examples drawn from hundreds of companies, non-profits, and government organizations will show you how to use idealized design to solve your own crisis of
Russell L. Ackoff is Anheuser-Busch Professor Emeritus of Management Science, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was a member and former Chairman of The Wharton School’s Social Systems Sciences Department, as well as the Busch Center, which specializes in systems planning, research, and design.   Dr. Ackoff is autho...
Title:Idealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis...Today (paperback)Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:April 20, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0137071116

ISBN - 13:9780137071111


Table of Contents

Foreword by Ray Stata  xxiii

Preface  xxix

Introduction: The Birth of an Idea  xxxiii


Part I: Idealized Design: The Basics  1

Chapter 1: The Stages of Idealized Design  3

Chapter 2: Organizing the Process  27

Chapter 3: Preparing for an Idealized Design Process  43


Part II: Idealized Design: Applications—The Process in Action  59

Chapter 4: Business Enterprises  61

Chapter 5: Not-for-Profit and Government Organizations  87

Chapter 6: Process Improvement  103

Chapter 7: Problem Dissolving  117

Chapter 8: Facilities and Sites Design  129

Chapter 9: Take the Plunge  137


Part III: Idealized Design: No Limit—Applications to World Challenges  145

Chapter 10: The Urban Challenge  147

     An Urban Car

     A Redesign of Paris and Beyond

Chapter 11: The Health-Care Challenge  159

     A National Health-Care System

     A Health-Care Mall

Chapter 12: The Challenge to Government  171

     A National Elections System

     A New United Nations

     A Response to Terrorism


Part IV: Complete Idealized Designs  187

Chapter 13: Energetics (Business Enterprise)  189

Chapter 14: Academy of Vocal Arts (Not-for-Profit)  219

Chapter 15: White House Communications Agency (Government)  235


Endnotes  265

Annotated Bibliography  267

Index  277