5th July 1999




Management expert Dr Russell Ackoff will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside at the graduation ceremony on Thursday, 8th July.


Dr Ackoff’s work in research, consulting and education has had a significant impact on many fields in business and management.


Throughout his distinguished career he has won many awards, including honorary Doctorates of Science from the University of Lancaster (UK), Washington University and the University of New Haven.


A Fellow of the International Academy of Management, Dr Ackoff holds an honorary CMC from the Institute of Management Consultants and has been elected a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of the Russian Federation.


Born in Philadelphia in 1919, Dr Ackoff completed a first degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a PhD in Philosophy of Science. He enjoyed a distinguished academic career principally at Wayne University Detroit, Case Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania, where he held professorships in systems sciences and management science.


He was a member and former chairman of the Social Systems Sciences Department and the Busch Center, which specialises in systems planning, research and design. In 1986 he left academia to establish INTERACT at Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.


Over his career Dr Ackoff’s work has involved more than 350 corporations and 75 government agencies in the United States and abroad - ranging from IBM and Monsanto to General Foods and the US army.


Among his best known innovations in management circles are his ideas on interactive planning and the notion of the circular organisation - a democratic hierarchy in which each member has the opportunity to participate in decisions which affect them.


Dr Ackoff is the author and co-author of 19 books, including Management in Small Doses, Ackoff’s Fables, Re-creating the Corporation and Ackoff’s Best. He has also published over 200 articles in books and a wide variety of journals.



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