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The Democratic Corporation

Author: Russell L. Ackoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198024804
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We all know that American business needs fixing, and there is no shortage of prescriptions: imitate the Japanese, or follow the example of successful firms, or practice right-sizing. But these approaches do not work very well, says Russell Ackoff, because they only attack the problem piecemeal--and it is the entire system of American business that is flawed. In this revolutionary new book by a widely respected business thinker and pioneer in the fields of operations research and systems thinking, Ackoff underscores the urgent need to overhaul the kinds of systems found in America, from our business schools to our boardrooms. And he shows how firms can break out of the mold--and leapfrog the competition in today's volatile economy. To give managers insight into the concept of organizations, Ackoff shows how they have been viewed since the Renaissance: first as machines, later as organisms, and today as social systems. As social systems, companies produce and distribute wealth and raise our standard of living. They are also responsible for facilitating and encouraging the development of the larger systems that contain them and all their stakeholders. The quality of worklife within an organization is key. Work has to be challenging and enjoyable if workers are to give it their full commitment, and Ackoff outlines major ways to achieve this goal. Along the way, Ackoff explodes a number of fashionable business notions. He asserts that firms that try to imitate successful competitors are doomed to play catch-up forever. He attacks the idea of continuous improvement, showing that it has failed to make quantum leaps in quality, and he demonstrates how to re-orient the pursuit of quality. After revealing the weakness in many current practices, Ackoff describes three organizational schemes that will lead to success. In the Circular Organization, a democratic hierarchy, everyone participates directly or indirectly in decisions that affect their work. In the Internal Market Economy, organizations treat their different parts like a collection of firms doing business with each other--which promotes cooperation and eliminates wasteful internal competition. And with the Multidimensional Organization, a company becomes so powerful and flexible that continuous adaptation can happen without reorganization. Ackoff caps off the book with an incisive critique of business schools, describing how they must be transformed to turn out the leaders we need for the competitive American organization of the 21st century. Enabling managers to understand the profound interrelationships in the American economy and to tap into them for success, The Democratic Corporation is a major work by an innovative thinker that is certain to cause ripples throughout the business community.

Corporate Governance In Der Unternehmenspraxis

Author: Ronald Nagy
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322810690
Size: 28.83 MB
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Ronald Nagy entwickelt ein wissenschaftlich fundiertes Konzept einer "Governed Company" zur Steigerung der Wirksamkeit der Unternehmensaufsicht im Hinblick auf seine gesetzliche Überwachungsfunktion, auf seine Führungs- und Beratungsaufgaben sowie auf den Einfluss von anderen Stakeholdern.

Strategische Fr Haufkl Rung

Author: Franz Liebl
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3486788981
Size: 68.54 MB
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Das Werk versucht, neue Konzepte der Informations- und Wissensverarbeitung zu nutzen, um damit unerschlossene Potentiale der strategischen Frühaufklärung zu realisieren.

Grundlagen Der Organisation

Author: Erich Frese
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3322945022
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Mit der siebten Auflage der "Grundlagen der Organisation" ist dieses Standardwerk der betriebswirtschaftlichen Organisationstheorie wieder auf aktuellstem Stand. Zielsetzung und Aufbau sind konsequent darauf ausgerichtet, den direkten Zugang zu anwendungsorientierten Fragestellungen und Lösungen zu ermöglichen.

Re Creating The Corporation

Author: Russell Lincoln Ackoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195123876
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This comprehensive guide to understanding and improving business organizations is written by one of the world's foremost management thinkers.

Understanding Organizations In Complex Emergent And Uncertain Environments

Author: Anabella Davila
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137026081
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Explores the concept of complexity and analyses how organizational governance can contribute to environmental sustainability. A common theme in these chapters is that organizations actively engage with their environments. Consequently, organizational responses are partly the result of iterative processes with the environment.