Igor Ansoff immigrated from Russia, to the United States, in 1936 and went on to earn a PhD. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. He is credited with creating the concept of strategic management, and his landmark book, Corporate Strategy (1965), was the first book of it’s kind to concentrate entirely on the subject of organizational strategy. This book remains a classic in management libraries.
Ansoff joined the Rand Corporation in 1950, as a mathematician, and later became a project manager, making recommendations to the U.S. Air Force, on the topic of weapons and technology development. At Rand, he experienced first hand, the downfalls of organizational myopia, and left the company in 1957. That same year he took a job at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, where he eventually became a vice president of plans and programs, and finally general manager of the industrial technology division. His time at Rand Corporation and Lockheed Aircraft allowed Ansoff to see that the process of managing organizations needed further study.
He was approached with an offer to join the faculty of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) at Carnegie-Mellon University, and given a year to complete his book. He released Corporate Strategy in 1965 and it was an immediate success. He went on to hold multiple positions at universities and received many awards.
Paralysis by Analysis is a term credited to Ansoff to describe the type of procrastination caused by excessive planning due to the heavy emphasis on analysis.
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