Idealized Design Creating an Organization's Future

ISBN-10: 0131963635

ISBN-13: 9780131963634

Edition: 2006

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Description: What's the best way to drive fundamental, transformative change within your organization? Envision your ideal solution: then, work backwards to where you are. It's called idealized design, and -- as executives in hundreds of organizations will testify -- it's one of the most powerful techniques you'll ever use. Authored by its legendary creator, Russell Ackoff, and leading practitioner Jason Magidson, Idealized Design covers every facet of this breakthrough methodology. You'll learn how to prepare for it, organize it, and execute it from start to finish. The authors reveal the fundamental differences between idealized design and traditional process re-engineering, and show how idealized design eliminates many conventional obstacles to change. Next, they demonstrate how to "dissolve" problems by designing systems that prevent them from arising in the first place. You'll see idealized design at work in enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and government; then learn how to use it to improve processes, design new facilities, increase productivity, even save lives. The book includes three start-to-finish case studies, plus an extensive collection of real-world examples -- ranging from commercial aircraft design to corporate governance.

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wharton School Publishing
Publication date: 4/20/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Foreword by Ray Stata
Preface
Introduction: The Birth of an Idea
Idealized Design: The Basics
The Stages of Idealized Design
Organizing the Process
Preparing for an Idealized Design Process
Idealized Design: Applications The Process in Action
Business Enterprises
Not-for-Profit and Government Organizations
Process Improvement
Problem Dissolving
Facilities and Sites Design
Take the Plunge
Idealized Design: No Limit Applications to World Challenges
The Urban Challenge
An Urban Car
A Redesign of Paris and Beyond
The Health-Care Challenge
A National Health-Care System
A Health-Care Mall
The Challenge to Government
A National Elections System
A New United Nations
A Response to Terrorism
Complete Idealized Designs
Energetics (Business Enterprise)
Academy of Vocal Arts (Not-for-Profit)
White House Communications Agency (Government)
Endnotes
Annotated
Bibliography
Index
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