Re-Creating the Corporation: A Design of Organizations for the 21st Century / Edition 1

Re-Creating the Corporation: A Design of Organizations for the 21st Century / Edition 1

by Russell L. Ackoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195123875

ISBN-13: 9780195123876

Pub. Date: 07/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Over 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

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Over 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195123876
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,089,739
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. IBackground
1The Nature of Systems3
2Types of Systems and Models21
3Types of Management45
Pt. IIProcess: Planning, Design, Implementation, and Learning
4Formulating the Mess: Sensing and Making Sense of the Situation63
5Ends Planning: Where to Go81
6Means Planning: How to Get There107
7Resource Planning: What's Needed to Get There131
8Implementation and Control: Doing It and Learning157
Pt. IIIDesigns: Democracy, Economy, and Flexibility
9A Democratic Hierarchy: The Circular Organization179
10The Internal Market Economy207
11The Permanently Structured Multidimensional Organization225
Pt. IVChange: Reformations and Transformations
12Panaceas, Fads, and Quick Fixes251
13Organizational Development and Transformational Leadership273
App. A: A Short Bibliography on Systems293
App. BAn Application of Interactive Planning295
References and Sources317
Index323

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