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It often involved the development of models borrowed from basic sciences and put into an isomorphic relationships with an organizational situation. Beer initially called this " operations research " OR but, along with Russell Ackoff , became increasingly disenchanted with that term as the field transitioned into one in which a predefined set of mathematical tools was applied to well-formulated problems.

Beer insisted that what was needed for effective research into operations was to first understand the key dynamics within the situation and only then to select the theory or methods that would allow one to understand that situation in detail.

Viable system model[ edit ] Viable means capable of independent existence and implies both maintaining internal stability and adaptation to a changing environment. The VSM is a model of the structures and functions that are both necessary and sufficient for the long term survival of a system in a changing environment. The VSM is a language of viability. The VSM is a language for diagnosing organizations and managerial teams in terms of their viability or lack thereof.

The VSM is also a language for designing organizations and managerial teams that will be viable. Syntegration[ edit ] One of the great difficulties in managing the modern large organization is that many of the issues are far too complex for even small groups. The critical knowledge is often dispersed among a substantial number of people. Organizations are often faced with choosing between 1 very costly and time-consuming meetings of large groups or 2 making bad decisions based on an inadequate grasp of the relevant factors.

Syntegration is a group method designed to solve this conundrum. The initial "team syntegrity " format involved 30 people divided into 12 overlapping teams to deal with some broad and initially ill-defined issue. The teams and roles within the teams are arranged to achieve the mathematically optimum degree of resonance of information throughout the entire group. In practice, syntegration achieves a remarkable degree of shared understanding of the initial issue. In syntegrations intended to develop a plan of action, the implementation phase is usually very quick and effective, probably because of the shared understanding developed among the participants.

Learning[ edit ] The literature on management cybernetics is extensive. Beer wrote hundreds of papers and about ten books. Others have contributed perhaps an equal amount. Both use many of the same terms but interpret them according to another philosophy of systems thinking. Extending the principles of autonomous agency theory AAT , cultural agency theory CAT has been formulated for the generation of higher cybernetic orders.

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Cybernetics and Management by Stafford Beer

Stafford Beer and Cybernetics Anthony Stafford Beer, better known as Stafford Beer, was a pioneering British consultant and leadership theorist who is best known for his theories regarding management cybernetics, and how to apply them to human organisations. The most famous of his theories was his Viable System Model VSM , developed over a period of 30 years of observation of various different businesses and institutions. The effect principle was that organisations should maximise the freedom of their participants, within all practical constraints of the requirement of them to fulfil their purpose. He blended the field of cybernetics with that of management in order to try and formulate organisational systems which ticked these criteria. The VSM was subsequently designed in order to help identify organisational problems and shortcomings, and to re-design organisational systems and processes. The framework by which control is exerted throughout an organisation or system relies heavily upon multiple interconnected layers, communicating with one another.

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The Viable System Model - Stafford Beer

It often involved the development of models borrowed from basic sciences and put into an isomorphic relationships with an organizational situation. Beer initially called this " operations research " OR but, along with Russell Ackoff , became increasingly disenchanted with that term as the field transitioned into one in which a predefined set of mathematical tools was applied to well-formulated problems. Beer insisted that what was needed for effective research into operations was to first understand the key dynamics within the situation and only then to select the theory or methods that would allow one to understand that situation in detail. Viable system model[ edit ] Viable means capable of independent existence and implies both maintaining internal stability and adaptation to a changing environment.

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Stafford Beer

The late Professor Stafford Beer bestrode Management as a colossus. In a series of ground breaking books culminating in "Brain of the Firm", reprinted Wiley , and the companion volumes "Heart of Enterprise", reprinted Wiley , and "Diagnosing the System for Organisations", reprinted Wiley , he produced models applicable to the problems of structure, innovation, autonomy, participatory development, accountability and even pain and alerting in organisations. Thus he was able to distinguish Identity maintaining Decisions, Development, Operational and Regulatory management. This supported a strict foundation for evolutionary control and founded Management Cybernetics.

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