Kybernetes: Volume 33 Issue 3/4

Strapline:

The international journal of cybernetics, systems and management sciences
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Table of contents

The science of the unknowable: Stafford Beer's cybernetic informatics

Andrew Pickering

This paper explores the history of Stafford Beer's work in management cybernetics, from his early conception and simulation of an adaptive automatic factory and associated…

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Sequences of failure in complex socio‐technical systems: Some implications of decision and control

David Weir

This paper reviews the framework proposed by Stafford Beer in his seminal work, Decision and Control, first published in 1966, and argues that these ideas are centrally…

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The market economy unchecked: Another version of fundamentalism? A polemical tribute to Stafford Beer

Allenna Leonard

A case is made that the market economy imposes constraints and makes demands that mirror the rigidity of fundamentalist religions and that this makes answering one…

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Tigers at play: Stafford Beer's poetry

David Whittaker

Considers Stafford Beer as a poet. Discusses Beer's interest in a wide variety of poetic forms. Gives some technical examples of how Beer employed Welsh and Sanskrit metre…

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City planning: “Dissolving” urban problems insights from an application of management cybernetics

Markus Schwaninger, Markus Koerner

Urban development in fast‐growing cities is one of the huge challenges of our time, and several projects of technical cooperation are dedicated to this issue. The aim of…

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The role of information and models in regulating complex commercial systems

Stephen Brewis

The unsophisticated bartering systems of the past have been replaced with money and highly complex business systems. This has also required the need for management systems…

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A self‐organizing network for the systems community

José Pérez Ríos

The number of approaches, researchers and practitioners in Systems Thinking has been growing over the last decades and particularly in recent years. This wide and deep…

Observing experiences with the VSM

Werner Schuhmann

This paper offers a senior manager's reflections on experiences with the viable system model (VSM) in different situations of its application. These reflections are based…

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Viability versus tribalism

Trevor Hilder

The viability of an organisation can be compromised by the tribal behaviour of its members. If this is not understood, attempts to reform it will be met with resistance…

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Observations on the development of cybernetic ideas in Colombia: A tribute to Stafford Beer

German Bula

This paper is an account of management and organisational interventions in multiple institutions and enterprises in Colombia during the past 10 years, mainly influenced by…

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Heinz and Stafford: A tribute to Heinz von Foerster and Stafford Beer

Rebeca Donoso

In June 1996, Stafford Beer and Heinz von Foerster were invited to Colombia to contribute to a number of events, among others to a symposium about second‐order auditing…

The footprint of complexity: the embodiment of social systems

Raul Espejo

This paper deals with organisational complexity, seen from the perspective of its unfolding from global to local concerns. Historically, this unfolding has produced rigid…

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A Latino American Requiem for Stafford Beer

Roberto Zarama, José Bermeo, Nelson Lammoglia, Jairo Villamil

This tribute to Stafford Beer is written from the particular situation of a Latin American country. Within this context, we believe that it could be convenient to dissolve…

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Fighting for science

Gerard de Zeeuw

What deliverables did Stafford Beer envision when he developed his “science of effective organisation”? This paper answers this question as: the organisations that use the…

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Implications for Beer's ontological system/metasystem dichotomy

Maurice Yolles

Stafford Beer developed managerial cybernetics, but there were many facets of his work. Most of his work concerned epistemology, and little concerned ontology. Not all of…

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Erratum

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/eb005900. When citing the…

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Erratum

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/eb005989. When citing the…

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Erratum

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/03684929410068299. When citing…

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Erratum

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/03684929610149620. When citing…

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Ten pints of Beer: The rationale of Stafford Beer's cybernetic books (1959‐94)

Details a discussion with Stafford Beer about the rationale of his cybernetic books published in the twentieth century (1959‐94). Includes a dialogue concerning his…

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Erratum

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/03684920110391779. When citing…

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Erratum

This article has been withdrawn as it was published elsewhere and accidentally duplicated. The original article can be seen here: 10.1108/03684920210417283. When citing…

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ISSN:

0368-492X

Online date, start – end:

1972

Copyright Holder:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Open Access:

hybrid

Editor:

  • Prof. Dr. Gandolfo Dominici