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Anthony Stafford Beer

Birthdate: 25. September 1926
Date of death: 23. August 2002

Stafford Beer was a British theorist, consultant and professor at the Manchester Business School. He is best known for his work in the fields of operational research and management cybernetics.

„If cybernetics is the science of control, management is the profession of control“

—  Anthony Stafford Beer

Source: Decision and control: the meaning of operational research and management cybernetics, 1966, p. 239 cited in: A. Ghosal (1978) Applied cybernetics: its relevance in operations research. p. 2 and many other sources.

„It is terribly important to appreciate that some things remain obscure to the bitter end.“

—  Anthony Stafford Beer

Source: Management Science (1968), Chapter 4, An Alphabet of Models, p. 115.

„Hence we may recognize the subject of management cybernetics — which is seen as a rich provider of models for doing OR.“

—  Anthony Stafford Beer

Source: Decision and control: the meaning of operational research and management cybernetics, 1966, p. 239.

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„Too close a view may interfere with one's grasp of an overall problem or concept“

—  Anthony Stafford Beer

Source: Management Science (1968), Chapter 1, Processes and Policies, p. 21.

„An internal combustion engine is 'clearly' a system; we subscribe to this opinion because we know that the engine was designed precisely to be a system. It is, however, possible to envisage that someone (a Martian perhaps) totally devoid of engineering knowledge might at first regard the engine as a random collection of objects. If this someone is to draw the conclusion that the collection is coherent, forming a system, it will be necessary to begin by inspecting the relationships of the entities comprising the collection to each other. In declaring that a collection ought to be called a system, that is to say, we acknowledge relatedness. But everything is related to everything else. The philosopher Hegel enunciated a proposition called the Axiom of Internal Relations. This states that the relations by which terms are related are an integral part of the terms they relate. So the notion we have of any thing is enriched by the general connotation of the term which names it; and this connotation describes the relationship of the thing to other things… [There are three stages in the recognition of a system]… we acknowledge particular relationships which are obtrusive: this turns a mere collection into something that may be called an assemblage. Secondly, we detect a pattern in the set of relationships concerned: this turns an assemblage into a systematically arranged assemblage. Thirdly, we perceive a purpose served by this arrangement: and there is a system.“

—  Anthony Stafford Beer

Source: Decision and control: the meaning of operational research and management cybernetics, 1966, p. 242.

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