By Stafford Beer
Provides the fundamental ways underlying Stafford Beer's pondering because the e-book of his first publication in 1959. offers with a philosophy of technological know-how appropriate to administration and especially with the character of versions. Demonstrates all significant issues via examples quoted of administration technology functions to and executive
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His motives are pure; he does not engage a Machiavelli to advise him to say this. But the ghost of Machiavelli is feeding him the ammunition just the same. And suppose this man of affairs should meet the operational research scientist or the cybernetician one dark night. What shall the ghost of Machiavelli prescribe then? We saw the answer at the start of this chapter. ' Seek out some of the employers of operational research scientists and they will tell you just this. That ends our primer on how to neutralize a revolution.
When it comes to acknowledging books, the situation is yet more difficult. The present volume is in no sense at all a review of management science. I felt under no obligation, therefore, to provide that extensive bibliography which is available elsewhere in any case. This feeling led to the compilation of a select bibliography, consisting of a short list of books which I felt I should like to recommend. The outcome was invidious in the extreme; it looked like the work of a censor, which I have no desire at all to be.
Management scientists have much advice to give about all this; but to understand it, one must first acknowledge that the present methods of decision-taking are precarious. The picture now emerging seems to be this. The brain of the manager is capable of taking into account a large number of considerations, some of which may ramify a long way from the apparent situation. It is capable of weighting these considerations according to their importance and to the degree of reliability of the 'facts' which measure them.
Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics by Stafford Beer