Re-creating the Corporation: A Design of Organizations for the 21st Century

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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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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Great parts about structure. Some obsolete stuff in the end. Read full review

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Best management book I've read since a long time. Read full review

Contents

The Nature of Systems
3
Types of Systems and Models
21
Types of Management
45
Process Planning Design Implementation and Learning
61
Formulating the Mess Sensing and Making Sense of the Situation
63
Ends Planning Where to Go
81
Means Planning How to Get There
107
Resource Planning Whats Needed to Get There
131
The Internal Market Economy
207
The Permanently Structured Multidimensional Organization
225
Change Reformations and Transformations
249
Panaceas Fads and Quick Fixes
251
Organizational Development and Transformational Leadership
273
A Short Bibliography on Systems
293
An Application of Interactive Planning
295
References and Sources
317

Implementation and Control Doing It and Learning
157
Designs Democracy Economy and Flexibility
177
A Democratic Hierarchy The Circular Organization
179

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Russell L. Ackoff is currently Chairman of Interact, an institute dedicated to education, consulting, and research, and Professor Emeritus of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Considered one of the most innovative and insightful management thinkers of the 20th century, he is also the author of the acclaimed The Democratic Corporation: A Radical Prescription for Recreating Corporate America and Rediscovering Success, published by Oxford University Press in 1994.

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