Ackoff Videos

Russell L. Ackoff (1919-2009) was an important early proponent of the field of operations research, and remained a tireless advocate for an expansive vision of what the field could be. Ackoff was a founding member of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), and served the organization as its fifth president. Ackoff was also an author of Introduction to Operations Research (1957), the field’s first textbook written as such. Throughout his time in Operations Research (OR), Ackoff insisted on working on practical problems of management, and maintained ongoing relationships with a number of clients, including Anheuser-Busch, which he collaborated with for decades. Ackoff resisted the confinement of his work to any particular methodology, and remained deeply concerned with problems of ethics and social responsibility. Because OR had become increasingly defined by its mathematical methdology, Ackoff became disillusioned with the subject, and turned instead to what he called Social Systems Science. In the 1970s he would sever his relationship with OR altogether, declaring the field dead.

Through the cooperation of Bill Bellows, John Pourdehnad and the Ackoff family, we are pleased to offer these videos for your viewing.

2003 - A Lecture with Dr. Russell Ackoff - 4 Videos

2004 - A Lecture with Dr. Russell Ackoff - 5 Videos

2005 - A Lecture with Dr. Russell Ackoff - 3 Videos

2006 - A Lecture with Dr. Russell Ackoff - 2 Videos

2007 - A Lecture with Dr. Russell Ackoff - 2 Videos

The Deming Cooperative - 2019