Diagnosing the System for Organizations

Stafford Beer
28 September 1985

RRP: ~£40   Paperback: 178 pages   Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; New edition (28 Sep 1994)   ISBN: 0471951366

In Brain of the Firm and The Heart of Enterprise Stafford Beer worked out the scientific laws that govern any viable system. They constitute the basis for this book which is concerned solely with the application of those laws to the understanding of any particular enterprise. In the form of a Handbook or Manager's Guide, Diagnosing the System deals with the fundamental problem of management?how to cope with complexity itself. It shows you how to design (or redesign) an enterprise in conformity with the laws of viability, and will help you to diagnose faults in your organizational structure.