How Many Grapes Went into the Wine: Stafford Beer on the Art and Science of Holistic Management / Edition 1

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A collected work of Stafford Beer's papers, some previously unpublished, spanning 35 years. Presents a coherent vision to guide strategy and manage change.

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Stafford Beer, the founder of management cybernetics, is an international consultant in the management sciences, and is currently President of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics. The papers in this volume, dating from the mid-1950s on, trace Beers conceptual journey and his contribution to the tradition of systems thinking. Beer's early experiments on the self-organizing properties of biological systems helped pave the way towards later connectionist models and neural-net computer architecture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471942962
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/16/1994
  • Series: Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

Holism and the Frou-Frou Slander.


A Technique for Standardizing Massed Batteries of ControlCharts.

The Mechanical Simulation of Stochastic Flow.

The Impact of Cybernetics on the Concept of IndustrialOrganization.


The World, the Flesh and the Metal: 1964 Stephenson Lecture.

Towards the Cybernetic Factory.


Cybernetics of National Development: The Zaheer Foundation Lecture,New Delhi, India.

Death Is Equifinal: Eighth Annual Ludwig von Bertalanffy MemorialLecture.


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