Harry Igor Ansoff

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Igor Ansoff, 1971

Harry Igor Ansoff (born December 12, 1918 in Vladivostok , † July 14, 2002 in San Diego , California ) was an American mathematician and economist of Russian origin. He is considered the founder and namesake of strategic management .


Igor Ansoff, born in 1918 in the midst of the turmoil of the October Revolution in Russia, immigrated to the United States with his family as a child. He attended Stuyvesant High School in New York and was the best of his year. He then studied general engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology , where he was awarded a Master of Science degree for his work on rigid body dynamics .

After completing this degree, Ansoff enrolled at Brown University in Providence and completed his doctorate in applied mathematics with a focus on mathematical theories of elasticity and plasticity .

After several years working for the Rand Corporation and the Lockheed Corporation , Ansoff moved to the university in 1963. From 1963 to 1968 he taught as Professor of Industrial Administration at the Graduate School of Carnegie Mellon University , from 1968 to 1973 then as Professor of Business Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville . From 1973 to 1975 Ansoff lectured at the European Institute for Advanced Management Studies in Brussels , from 1973 to 1976 again at Vanderbilt University and finally at the Stockholm School of Management (1976 to 1983). Igor Ansoff moved to the US International University in San Diego in 1983 as a professor and ended his academic career in 2000.

Ansoff died in San Diego in July 2002 at the age of 83 of complications from pneumonia.


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