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Fighting for science

de Zeeuw, Gerard (2004) Fighting for science. Kybernetes, 33 (3/4). pp. 717-725. ISSN 0368-492x

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/03684920410523661

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Item Type:Article
Item Status:Live Archive

Abstract

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 distinctions of Beer's viable system model. Such organisations are part of daily life, but develop to become knowledge by continuously striving to identify experiences that falsify their existence. They will be irreducible in the sense that any acceptable model of the organisation will be the organisation itself. The notion of knowledge involved is made explicit in the paper as a tribute to Stafford Beer's pioneering work. It allowed Stafford Beer to introduce and develop insights that began to be developed by others only much later

Keywords:Cybernetics, Systems theory
Subjects:L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:603
Deposited On:22 Jun 2007

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