H. Igor Ansoff Ansoff was a mathematician and a business manager. He is known as the father of Strategic management.
Ansoff was born in Vladivostok, Russia on December 12, 1918.
In 1937 Ansoff emigrated to the USA and graduated at Stuyvesant High School, New York City.
Following graduation Ansoff studied General Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science degree in the Dynamics of Rigid Bodies.
Ansoff then went on to study at Brown University, receiving his Doctorate in applied mathematics.
Ansoff then joined UCLA, California where he participated in the Senior Executive Program. For the next 17 years he was professor at the USA International University (now called Alliant International University).
He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and as a liaison with the Russian Navy during the second World War.
To his honor, the Igor Ansoff Award was launched in 1981 in Holland. The prestigious award is given for management research in the study of Strategic Planning and Management.
Two other awards have been established in his name; The Japan Strategic Management Society annual award and the Ansoff MBA scholarship at Vanderbilt University, USA.
Igor Ansoff died following complications of pneumonia in San Diego, California, July 14, 2002.