Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research by Stafford Beer

By Stafford Beer

Offers the fundamental techniques underlying Stafford Beer's pondering because the ebook of his first e-book in 1959. bargains with a philosophy of technological know-how appropriate to administration and especially with the character of types. Demonstrates all significant issues via examples quoted of administration technology purposes to and govt.

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The output from these machines for a succession of twelve identical periods of time is given at Table 1. The double line dividing periods 1-6 from periods 7-12 is the moment at which an Table 1. Number of items produced per period on six machines. Page 12 important change was introduced. The question is, was the change a good one or not? Here is a possible approach to this question. There was a uniform level of activity in this place in each of the epochs 1-6 and 7-12. Namely, there were twenty-six productive and ten unproductive periods.

The recommendations he made to his Prince were notoriously unfeeling toward those who had to be manipulated, or degraded, or indeed sacrificed in the process. But his methods were in use before his time and have been sinceand for the same purpose. Only the degree to which it seems expedient that the motives and the methods should be overt or covert seems to change. When it comes to revolutions, the advice becomes especially amoral. Neither the anarchist nor the established ruler can afford many scruples when he is involved in a revolution, and there is likely to be a good deal of blood-letting on both sides.

The recommendations he made to his Prince were notoriously unfeeling toward those who had to be manipulated, or degraded, or indeed sacrificed in the process. But his methods were in use before his time and have been sinceand for the same purpose. Only the degree to which it seems expedient that the motives and the methods should be overt or covert seems to change. When it comes to revolutions, the advice becomes especially amoral. Neither the anarchist nor the established ruler can afford many scruples when he is involved in a revolution, and there is likely to be a good deal of blood-letting on both sides.

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