Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 425–430 | Cite as

On Passing Through 80

  • Russell L. Ackoff


The focus of this passage through age is on the sources of fun in the professional life of the author. Cited are (1) denying the obvious, (2) revealing that most social systems do not pursue the objectives they proclaim, (3) replacing conceptual confusion with order, (4) exposing intellectual con men, and (5) designing organizations that can avoid the ubiquitous traps that immobilize them.

age fun organizational objectives, design, and traps conceptual confusion intellectual con men 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell L. Ackoff
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  1. 1.INTERACT, The Institute for Interactive Management, Inc.Bryn Mawr

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