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Idealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis...Today

Idealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis...Today

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  • Copyright 2007
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-205508-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-205508-6

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, Wharton Professor Emeritus Russell Ackoff, and leading practitioner Jason Magidson, Idealized Design covers every facet of this breakthrough methodology. You'll learn the fundamental differences between idealized design and traditional process re-engineering, and understand how idealized design eliminates many conventional obstacles to change. Start-to-finish techniques and examples drawn from hundreds of companies, non-profits, and government organizations will show you how to use idealized design to solve your own crisis of tomorrow...today.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ray Stata  xxiii

Preface  xxix

Introduction: The Birth of an Idea  xxxiii

Part I: Idealized Design: The Basics  1

Chapter 1: The Stages of Idealized Design  3

Chapter 2: Organizing the Process  27

Chapter 3: Preparing for an Idealized Design Process  43

Part II: Idealized Design: Applications—The Process in Action  59

Chapter 4: Business Enterprises  61

Chapter 5: Not-for-Profit and Government Organizations  87

Chapter 6: Process Improvement  103

Chapter 7: Problem Dissolving  117

Chapter 8: Facilities and Sites Design  129

Chapter 9: Take the Plunge  137

Part III: Idealized Design: No Limit—Applications to World Challenges  145

Chapter 10: The Urban Challenge  147

     An Urban Car

     A Redesign of Paris and Beyond

Chapter 11: The Health-Care Challenge  159

     A National Health-Care System

     A Health-Care Mall

Chapter 12: The Challenge to Government  171

     A National Elections System

     A New United Nations

     A Response to Terrorism

Part IV: Complete Idealized Designs  187

Chapter 13: Energetics (Business Enterprise)  189

Chapter 14: Academy of Vocal Arts (Not-for-Profit)  219

Chapter 15: White House Communications Agency (Government)  235

Endnotes  265

Annotated Bibliography  267

Index  277


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