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Beer, Stafford

Overview
Works: 114 works in 611 publications in 10 languages and 8,485 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Honoree
Classifications: HD38, 500
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Most widely held works by Stafford Beer
Cybernetics and management by Stafford Beer( Book )

111 editions published between 1950 and 1987 in 6 languages and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pebbles to computers : the thread by Hans Blohm( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is about the connexions that link and pattern the story of humanity's attempt to understand its experience. If we could not organise our perceptions so as to interpret them, then our cosmos would seem to be random and meaningless. The need to organise and analyse is one of the characteristics that make us human. Our responses to that need make up the history of thought.The story of computation, from the earliest use of pebbles to the most sophisticated modern circuits, is one of the central themes in the story of human endeavour, but this book is more than a history. Here the insights of the artist, the philosopher and the scientist are brought together in a unique conjuction. Like a prismatic lens they reveal colours and planes that are otherwise hidden from sight. -- from dust jacket
Decision and control; the meaning of operational research and management cybernetics by Stafford Beer( Book )

66 editions published between 1966 and 2000 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nature of operational research. An initial posture. On fixing belief. Some dangerous precedents. The wedger bear. The new look. The activity of operational research. About models. Models in aspic. The formal languages. A walk in the ramified system; Apollo's gift. The relevance of cybernetics. About systems. Coping with complexity. Controlling operations. Self-organizing systems. Controlling enterprises. Outcomes. The outcome for industry. Information and automation. The outcome for government. The outcome for management science. On practicability
Brain of the firm : the managerial cybernetics of organization by Stafford Beer( Book )

49 editions published between 1972 and 1995 in 5 languages and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the second edition of a book which has already become a management standard both in universities and on the bookshelves of managers and their advisers. Brain of the Firm develops an account of the firm based upon insights derived from the study of the human nervous system, and is a basic text from the author's theory of viable systems. Despite the neurophysiology, the book is written for managers to understand. The companion volume to this book is The Heart of Enterprise, which is intended to support and complement this text."--Jacket
Diagnosing the system for organizations by Stafford Beer( Book )

41 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Brain of the Firm and The Heart of Enterprise Stafford Beer worked out the scientific laws that govern any viable system. They constitute the basis for this book which is concerned solely with the application of those laws to the understanding of any particular enterprise." "In the form of a Handbook or Manager's Guide, Diagnosing the System deals with the fundamental problem of management - how to cope with complexity itself. It shows you how to design (or redesign) an enterprise in conformity with the laws of viability, and will help you to diagnose faults in your organizational structure."--Jacket
The heart of enterprise by Stafford Beer( Book )

26 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" Stafford Beer is undoubtedly among the world' s most provocative, creative, and profound thinkers on the subject of management, and he records his thinking with a flair that is unmatched. His writing is as much art as it is science. He is the most viable system I know." Dr Russell L Ackoff, The Institute for Interactive Management, Pennsylvania, USA. " If anyone can make it [Operations Research] understandably readable and positively interesting it is Stafford Beer everyone management should be grateful to him for using clear and at times elegant English and ... even elegant diagrams." The Economist This is the companion volume to Brain of the Firm and addresses the nature of viable systems, those capable of surviving. It does not use the neurophysiological basis elucidated in brain, but develops the same theory from first principles. This book declares that every enterprise is a system, and in particular must be a viable system. Viability is not just a matter of economic solvency; we need laws that govern the capacity of any enterprise to maintain independent existence. The Heart of Enterprise is full of examples (actual, author-generated examples) taken from management practice. " I consistently find that Stafford Beer provides the most useful analytical framework for understanding and managing an enterprise- public or private. Heart of The Enterprise offers a demanding but rewarding exposition of his approach and applications." Sir Douglas Hague CBE
Management science; the business use of operations research by Stafford Beer( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 1970 in English and French and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Platform for change; a message from Stafford Beer by Stafford Beer( Book )

27 editions published between 1974 and 1995 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Designing freedom by Stafford Beer( Book )

40 editions published between 1973 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on the Massey Lectures, this book examines the reasons why the institutions of our society may well be failing, and opens a discussion as to what could be done." "Drawing on the science of effective organization, which is his definition of cybernetics, Stafford Beer explains key cybernetic principles in words and pictures that all can understand." "He concludes that our society commits more and more resources to plastering over the cracks in the system - which simply reappear - while freedom itself is increasingly eroded. The institutions must be redesigned, and returned to the people, to whom the scientific tools for doing this ought to belong."--Jacket
Brain of the firm: the managerial cybernetics of organization by Stafford Beer( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 1981 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond dispute : the invention of team syntegrity by Stafford Beer( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last forty years, Stafford Beer has published a steady stream of books and papers in which he has applied cybernetic science to organizational problems. In all of these he has explained underlying principles and developed new theories and recorded a great variety of practical applications. He has now invented and demonstrated Team Syntegrity. Syntegrity is a powerful invention in the organization of normative, directional, and strategic planning, and other creative decision processes. The underlying model is a regular icosahedron (20 sides). This has 30 edges, each of which represents a person. An internal network of interactions is created by a set of protocols. A group organized like this is an ultimate statement of participatory democracy, since each role is indistinguishable from any other. There is no hierarchy, no top, no bottom, no sideways. Beer illustrates how continued dynamic interaction between persons causes ideas and resolutions to hum around the sphere, which reverberates into a kind of group consciousness. Mathematical analysis of the structure shows how the process is determined by the even spread of synergy. The aim of the book is to provide managers and their advisors with a new planning method that captures the native genius of the organization in a non-political and non-hierarchical way. The book includes an enquiry into Beers concept of recursive consciousness, based on this model, that is relevant to both neurocybernetics and the social systems sciences
Platform for change : a message from Stafford Beer by Stafford Beer( Book )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Management die Praxis der Unternehmensforschung by Stafford Beer( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in German and Undetermined and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Operational research and personnel management by Stafford Beer( Book )

4 editions published in 1959 in English and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scope for operational research in industry by Stafford Beer( Book )

8 editions published between 1956 and 1962 in English and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Automaton theory and learning systems by D. J Stewart( Book )

4 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'azienda come sistema cibernetico by Stafford Beer( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in Italian and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cibernetica e direzione aziendale by Stafford Beer( Book )

1 edition published in 1969 in Italian and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decisión y control : el significado de la investigación de operaciones y la administración cibernética by Stafford Beer( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autopoiesis and cognition : the realization of the living by Humberto R Maturana( Book )

6 editions published between 1972 and 1980 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What makes a living system a living system? What kind of biological phenomenon is the phenomenon of cognition? These two questions have been frequently considered, but, in this volume, the authors consider them as concrete biological questions. Their analysis is bold and provocative, for the authors have constructed a systematic theoretical biology which attempts to define living systems not as objects of observation and description, nor even as interacting systems, but as self-contained unities whose only reference is to themselves. The consequence of their investigations and of their living systems as self-making, self-referring autonomous unities, is that they discovered that the two questions have a common answer: living systems are cognitive systems, and living as a process is a process of cognition. The result of their investigations is a completely new perspective of biological (human) phenomena. During the investigations, it was found that a complete linguistic description pertaining to the 'organization of the living' was lacking and, in fact, was hampering the reporting of results. Hence, the authors have coined the word 'autopoiesis' to replace the expression 'circular organization'. Autopoiesis conveys, by itself, the central feature of the organization of the living, which is autonomy
 
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Alternative Names
Anthony Stafford Beer accademico inglese

Anthony Stafford Beer British theorist, consultant, and professor

Anthony Stafford Beer Brits academielid (1926-2002)

Beer, Anthony Stafford 1926-2002

Beer, Anthony Stafford Betriebswissenschaftler, Kybernetiker 1926-2002

Beer, Anthony Stafford Industrial engineer, Cyberneticist 1926-2002

Beer, Anthony Stafford Ingénieur en organisation, Cybernéticien 1926-2002

Beer, S.

Beer, Stafford Betriebswissenschaftler, Kybernetiker 1926-2002

Beer, Stafford Industrial engineer, Cyberneticist 1926-2002

Beer, Stafford Ingénieur en organisation, Cybernéticien 1926-2002

Bir, St.

Bir, St 1926-

Bir, St. 1926-2002

Bir, St. Betriebswissenschaftler, Kybernetiker 1926-2002

Bir, St. Industrial engineer, Cyberneticist 1926-2002

Bir, St. Ingénieur en organisation, Cybernéticien 1926-2002

Entoni Staford Bir

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Brain of the firm : the managerial cybernetics of organizationDiagnosing the system for organizationsThe heart of enterpriseDesigning freedomBrain of the firm: the managerial cybernetics of organizationBeyond dispute : the invention of team syntegrityPlatform for change : a message from Stafford BeerDecisión y control : el significado de la investigación de operaciones y la administración cibernéticaAutopoiesis and cognition : the realization of the living