The Heart of Enterprise

Stafford Beer
ISBN: 0-471-94837-3
Paper, 596 Pages,
John Wiley & Son Ltd, London/New York, 1995

The Heart of Enterprise first appeared in 1979. Following on from Brain of the Firm, it is a completely new examination of the Viable System Model. The entire theory of the VSM is translated into the language of management. This book is a masterpiece. It is a highly comprehensive description of organizations in the context of business, their dynamics, how they really function and the mechanisms they need. It is full of practical examples of how companies, organizations and institutions can be understood as systems. It explains to management practitioners the meaning of their natural laws and how they can be used to make management effective.