Stafford Beer

A “world leader in the development of operational research, who combined management systems with cybernetics” (The Guardian), Professor Stafford Beer is well known for his considerable contributions to the fields of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics.

He was the first who applied principles and concepts of cybernetics to the field of management and organizational design, creating new frontiers in Management Cybernetics by late 1950s.
The concept of cybernetics started with a group of world leading scientists in early 1940s discussing about the different disciplines in which we are categorizing the world into: biology, physics, chemistry, etc.

One question arose amongst the group: will there be something in the universe in between these categories?! Will there be something that we don’t have a name for it?!

The team came up with the idea of control, and they started by sharing their understanding of the concept of control in their own specialized fields: what does control mean in physics? What does it look like in astrophysics? What is control in neurology?

Are there principles around by which things remain in control?

He was the first who applied principles and concepts of cybernetics to the field of management and organizational design, creating new frontiers in Management Cybernetics by late 1950s.

The concept of cybernetics started with a group of world leading scientists in early 1940s discussing about the different disciplines in which we are categorizing the world into: biology, physics, chemistry, etc.

One question arose amongst the group: will there be something in the universe in between these categories?! Will there be something that we don’t have a name for it?!

The team came up with the idea of control, and they started by sharing their understanding of the concept of control in their own specialized fields: what does control mean in physics? What does it look like in astrophysics? What is control in neurology?

Are there principles around by which things remain in control?

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