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< previous page page_89 next page > Page 89 5.2 Philosophy of VSD The philosophy that drives Beer's view of cybernetics concerns the kind of changes we are experiencing in the twentieth century. He thinks that new ways are needed to deal with difficulties associated with these changes. The main points are summarised below. Organisational and social "problems" arise because of new degrees of complexity (organisational, technological, informational and so on) and are characterised by interdependency. Scientifically based management taking advantage of technological advances (e.g. increased information processing capability) is vital because more traditional approaches are quite simply too trivial, and in isolation are
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not well worked out. Therefore, a scientific model that is based on cybernetic principles and which encompasses many ideas from management science is fundamental in our efforts to deal with modern complexities. Since control is the main
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