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< previous page page_117 next page > Page 117 Further Reading Beer's trilogy on the VSM is, of course, fundamental: Beer, S. (1979). The Heart of Enterprise , Wiley, Chichester. Beer, S. (1981). Brain of the Firm , 2nd edition, Wiley, Chichester. Beer, S. (1985). Diagnosing the System for Organisations , Wiley, Chichester.
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Beer's ideological position is spelt out in: Beer, S. (1973). Designing Freedom , Canadian Broadcasting Company, Toronto. An acceptable secondary source on management cybernetics and a book of readings, including examples of the VSM in practice, are: Clemson, B. (1984). Cybernetics: A New Management Tool , Abacus Press, Tunbridge Wells. Espejo, R. and Harnden, R. (eds.) (1989). The Viable System Model: Interpretations and Applications of Stafford Beer's VSM , Wiley,
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Chichester. For a fuller account of the worked example in this chapter: Flood, R. L. and
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Unformatted text preview: Zambuni, S. (1990). Viable systems diagnosis I. Application with a major tourism services group, Systems Practice , 3, 22548. For the criticisms of the VSM and possible responses see: Flood, R. L. and Jackson, M. C. (1988). Cybernetics and organization theory: A critical review, Cybernetics and Systems , 19, 1333. Jackson, M. C. (1988). An appreciation of Stafford Beer's "viable system" viewpoint on managerial practice, Journal of Management Studies , 25, 55773. Jackson, M. C. (1989). Evaluating the managerial significance of the VSM, in The Viable System Model (eds. R. Espejo and R. Harnden), pp. 40739, Wiley, Chichester. You may also wish to consult the special issue of Systems Practice , Volume 3, Number 3, published in June 1990, which deals exclusively with the VSM. < previous page page_117 next page >...
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