Organisational Cybernetics


The concept presents a definition and description of organisational cybernetics and provides the capabilities and limitations of this approach, together with its business applicability and useful industry examples.

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Organisational Cybernetics

Organisational Cybernetics Definition

Organisational Cybernetics is a systems complexity theory approach based on the principles of communication and control and the cybernetics created by Wiener (1948). These principles were transferred to the design of a system aimed to provide the nesesary and sufficient conditions of communication and control to create viable organisations through the study and design of structures, roles, communication and information systems, of which the theoretical and methodological foundations were developed by Stafford Beer (1979, 1985).

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  • Beer, S. (1979) The Heart of Enterprise. John Wiley, Chichester.
  • Beer, S. (1985) Diagnosing the System for Organizations. John Wiley, Chichester.
  • Cardoso, P. (2011) Facilitating Self-organization in Non-hierarchical Communities: A Methodology for Rural Regeneration Programs. PhD Thesis, University of Hull, UK.
  • Chapman, R.E. (1999) Benefits and Costs of Research: A Case Study of Cybernetic Building Systems. Building and Fire Research Laboratory, US Department of Commerce.

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