In the process of developing a system specification for the Sense & Respond model -- an approach to strategy in which enterprises are designed as adaptive, purposeful, open, social systems -- the author was directed to read Russell Ackoff's writings. This article describes how reading The Democratic Corporation, Creating the Corporate Future and On Purposeful Systems led to a greater appreciation of the practice of enterprise design.
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David Ing, "Studying the Sense & Respond model for Designing Adaptive Enterprises, and the Influence of Russell Ackoff's System of Thinking", Proceedings of the Conference to Celebrate Russell L. Ackoff, and the Advent of Systems Thinking, at Villanova University, May 4-6, 1999, pp. 111-119.
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