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We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend and mentor, Russell L. Ackoff, has passed away on October 29, 2009.
The world has lost one of its greatest thinkers and problem solvers. To share comments and thoughts, please go the Ackoff Library page.

Center for Organizational Dynamics and ACASA Form Strategic Partnership
The Center for Organizational Dynamics located in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Penn Engineering's ACASA announce a strategic partnership that will take effect September 23, 2004.

Center for Organizational Dynamics and ACASA Form Strategic Partnership
The Center for Organizational Dynamics located in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and Penn Engineering's ACASA announce a strategic partnership that will take effect September 23, 2004.

Ackoff at ICSTM 04
In the opening speech at the Third International Conference on Systems Thinking in Management (ICSTM '04), Russell Ackoff declared the state of the world a mess, and went on to describe how the systems community can promote global development by changing the way public policies and decisions are made.

ACASA Email Chaos Halted
We have just undergone a most unusual and unpleasant computing experience. Somehow, a message was sent to the ACASA mailing list which bypassed the list's security and went out to thousands of list members.

A Memorial Service for C. West Churchman
will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on May 19, 2004 at the University of Pennsylvania. Widely regarded as a founding father of management science, Professor Churchman died on March 21 at the age of 90.

The 3rd International Conference on Systems Thinking in Management (ICSTM 2004)
will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on May 19 - 21, 2004 at the University of Pennsylvania. The University's ACASA for the Advancement of Systems Approaches (ACASA) and the Association For Enterprise Integration (AFEI) are co-hosting the conference.

To Combat Terrorism, a Systems Approach is Vital
President George Bush on July 16 outlined his strategy for homeland defense against terrorism. What approach should the U.S. and other countries take to tackle a problem that never seems to leave the headlines, especially after Sept. 11?

Systems Approach to Terrorism Conference
ACASA was a cosponsor of the Systems Approach to Terrorism Conference, to be held July 15-16, 2002 at the George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center 800 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052. The Conference had four phases: examining the complex set of interacting causes of terrorism; assessing vulnerabilities from terrorists' points of view; responding to them innovatively; and synthesizing recommendations for action.

A Breakthrough Approach to Diabetes Education
Sponsored by ACASA and the Omega Group, this 'invitation-only' roundtable at Penn on April 12 2002 is designed for senior-level executives interested in exploring how an 'edutainment' solution--one that both entertains and informs--can be effectively adapted to many healthcare and business challenges.

Faculty Position
The Penn Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin September 2002. The particular areas of interest are: adaptive systems, learning, stochastic process simulation, optimization, decision science, control theory, and applications of these disciplines.

Haynesnetwork Realvideo Interview With Russell Ackoff
Russell L. Ackoff has spent most of his adult life thinking about how organizations work - and, more importantly, how they should work. He has been called 'one of the world’s most innovative and insightful organizational thinkers' (Noel Tichy).

Director's Remarks to Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center (WRMDC)
As complexity grows, risk management requires organizations to shift from top down command and control to decentralized management -- to rely on co-evolving, self-adaptive sub-groups and individuals. New approaches are needed...

Ackoff Interview with Technos Quarterly
Russ Ackoff has been described as a Renaissance Man: an architect, city planner, doctor of philosophy, behavioral scientist, university professor, trailblazer in the fields of organizational operations and systems theory, best-selling author, world traveler-even a humorist.

Director Appointed
Dr. Barry G. Silverman has been appointed the director of ACASA for Advancement of the Systems Approach (ACASA). The former director, Dr. G. Anandalingam established the Center in July 2000 and served as the Center's first director.