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< previous page page_143 next page > Page 143 Chapter 7 Interactive Planning (IP) If you read the newspapers and are still satisfied with the state of the world, put this book down; it is not for you. My objective is not to convert those who are satisfiedeven though I believe they need conversionbut to give those who are dissatisfied cause for hope and something to do about it. R. L. Ackoff, in the Preface to Redesigning the Future 7.1 Introductio n Russell Ackoff's work has had a major impact upon all of the various branches of the management sciences about which he has had his say: operational research, corporate planning, applied social science, social systems science, management information systemsto mention
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only the most obvious. One explanation for the depth and breadth of Ackoff's influence lies primarily in the power of
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Unformatted text preview: his vision of the management sciences. The job of the management scientist is not to build mathematical models which purport to predict the future and, therefore, help key decision makers prepare their enterprises for the inevitable. Rather, it is to assist all of the participants of an organisation to design a desirable future for themselves and to invent ways of bringing it about. While carrying out development work with leaders of the Mantua ghetto in Philadelphia, Ackoff was pleased to find many of the lessons he was trying to impart to management scientists captured in the motto of the Mantua Community Planners: &quot;Plan or be planned for.&quot; The sentiments of this motto, in turn, bring to mind the words of the English &lt; previous page page_143 next page &gt;...
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