Decision and control: the meaning of operational research and management cybernetics
The nature of operational research. An initial posture. On fixing belief. Some dangerous precedents. The wedger bear. The new look. The activity of operational research. About models. Models in aspic. The formal languages. A walk in the ramified system; Apollo's gift. The relevance of cybernetics. About systems. Coping with complexity. Controlling operations. Self-organizing systems. Controlling enterprises. Outcomes. The outcome for industry. Information and automation. The outcome for government. The outcome for management science. On practicability.
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An Initial Posture
On Fixing Belief
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