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J. Jiménez (Ed.,with the collaboration of J. C. Escalante) (2009). Participation and Development. The Mexico of the Future. In honor to Russell L. Ackoff in his 87th Anniversary (2009) Institute of Applied Mathematics and Systems, National Autono

J. Jiménez (Ed., with the collaboration of J. C. Escalante) (2009). Participation and Development. The Mexico of the Future. In honor to Russell L. Ackoff in his 87th Anniversary.  Institute of Applied Mathematics and Systems, National Autonomous University of Mexico.

ISBN: 978-607-02-1078-5

The idea of honoring Russell L. Ackoff in his 87th anniversary was born out of gratitude expressed by many who have been influenced by his thougth and ability to propose alternative solutions to complex problems. This book is the compilation of a number of presentations made during his homage. Russ Ackoff is one of the world pilars of the “systemic thinking”. Formed as an Architect, a profession that is eminently systemic, Professor Ackoff opted for a PhD in Philosophy under the guidance of another great builder of systemic concepts, C. West Churchman, whom subsequently became one of his main collaborators. Crucial elements in Ackoff’s orientation toward application were his interests in national planning (involving central responsibilities of national governments) and in Operations Research social responsibility. Since 1950, he was a consultant for a number of developing countries, particularly India and Mexico, with the aim of improving their organizational systems. His main concern in this respect has been to point out “cultural” obstacles to economic development, like corruption, paternalism and conformity, all of which have the potential for turning well-intentioned programs into means to strengthen deficiencies they were supposed to eliminate, not to mention avoiding the flow of development strategies to higher government levels. Equally important was Ackoff’s conviction that effective planning cannot be “ordered and purchased”. This has to be done by those involved in the applications themselves, although they can be supported by professional planners. We combined in this book chapters related to the work experiences of Russell’s friends and colleagues, with others that were rigorously academic from notable national and international scholars, resulting in an event rich in both types of contributions.

Since the book has a limited edition, we recommend those interested to get directly in touch with Mary Ochoa (e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.


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