By Professor Stafford Beer
Cybernetics and management theory as developed by Stafford Beer hardly need description as they describe themselves. It is easy to summarize in a few sentences the subjects that Stafford Beer writes about. But in order to gain a proper understanding of his theories, you have to read his books. Every single word of them must be studied carefully, in order not to build up an incorrect picture.
All Stafford Beer's books have been reprinted several times. Many of them have been translated into several languages. The original versions in particular are a pleasurable literary experience, true-to-life, rich and colorful. Every one of Stafford Beer's books is an example of applied cybernetics. It isn't possible to summarize them more briefly than that. To say any more would be to risk misrepresenting his work.
Anyone who would first like to get to know Stafford
Beer's work through brief overviews will gain the necessary information and
inspiration from the links on this page. Under Bibliographies you will also find clear and well-structured
lists, catalogs and descriptions of Stafford Beer's books, written by the man
Decision and control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management
Management Science: The Business Use of Operations Research
Brain of the firm - 2nd Edition
Platform for Change
The Heart of Enterprise
Diagnosing the System for Organizations
Pebbles to Computers: The Thread
Beyond Dispute: The Invention of Team Syntegrity
How Many Grapes Went into the Wine: Stafford Beer on the Art and Science of Holistic Management
THE STAFFORD BEER TAPES
The Falcondale Collection includes a large number of video recordings of Stafford Beer. From this link you can download a PDF file containing an overview of the recordings and an order form.
Tape 1: The History & Origins: Part 1