By Stafford Beer

Provides the elemental techniques underlying Stafford Beer's pondering because the book of his first booklet in 1959. bargains with a philosophy of technological know-how proper to administration and especially with the character of types. Demonstrates all significant issues via examples quoted of administration technology functions to and govt.

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The particles with measurable position and momentum which populated that universe took on a different meaning for the scientist after the discoveries of quantum mechanics. The intellectual revolution of twentieth-century science has been accepted by the scientist, for it is proper to his work to uncover the essential characteristics of things. From that revolution has stemmed a series of new discoveries, and indeed new sciences. Atomic physics, astrophysics, a new chemistry, a new genetics, biochemistry and biophysics are all children of a revolutionary régime.

Page 1 PART I THE NATURE OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH Connective Summary In so far as the application of science to the process of management is an innovation, Chapter 1 considers the managerial approach to what is novel. It sounds a warning to those who have prejudged the possibilities without realizing the fact, and points to the changes that have made contemporary science a different thing, of different relevance, from its popular image. Thus not only have its potentialities in management been hitherto unrecognized; but what has passed for science in management hitherto, was not.

In the first part there is a general and I hope lively discussion of the possibilities for interaction between science and management. It is urged that management is not a scientific topic, just as science is not in essence managerial. But the area of overlap, where the manager may draw on science, is identified. Here lies the scope for operational research. How this activity ever came to begin, and what it is really like, are brought out. This sets the scene for an investigation of its work in the second part.

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