Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research by Stafford Beer

By Stafford Beer

Offers the elemental methods underlying Stafford Beer's pondering because the book of his first booklet in 1959. bargains with a philosophy of technological know-how correct to administration and especially with the character of versions. Demonstrates all significant issues via examples quoted of administration technology purposes to and govt

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A serious but not solemn attempt will be made to investigate the nature of the muddle so far uncovered, and to break through the grave misunderstandings that have arisen. Anyone who really wants to join in this enquiry with an open mind, suspending judgment on the nature and value of this intellectual revolution until the end, is most heartily welcome on the journey. But here is some free advice for the real Prince, whose object is not to be disturbed in his seat of power, and who seeks no exorcism for the ghost of Machiavelli which comforts him.

The Method of Tenacity The first method of fixing belief isolated by Peirce might be called the method of tenacity. It begins with a viewpoint, capriciously formed. Perhaps this was something learned at mother's knee; it might have been revealed by a sailor in a pub; or it is an idea culled from this morning's newspaper. Typically, it is what 'they' are saying (and they ought to know). At this stage, the viewpoint has no special merit for the man who expresses it, for its casual origins are understoodit is not a belief.

B. Page 1 PART I THE NATURE OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH Connective Summary In so far as the application of science to the process of management is an innovation, Chapter 1 considers the managerial approach to what is novel. It sounds a warning to those who have prejudged the possibilities without realizing the fact, and points to the changes that have made contemporary science a different thing, of different relevance, from its popular image. Thus not only have its potentialities in management been hitherto unrecognized; but what has passed for science in management hitherto, was not.

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