Stafford Beer in memoriam – “An argument of change” three decades on

@article{Thomas2005StaffordBI,
  title={Stafford Beer in memoriam – “An argument of change” three decades on},
  author={Rod Thomas and Nigel van Zwanenberg},
  journal={Kybernetes},
  year={2005},
  volume={34},
  pages={637-651}
}
Purpose – This paper is written in memory of the late Stafford Beer. The paper engages with only one dimension of the whole man: Stafford Beer as the diagnostician and prognostician of the social conditions that he so keenly observed.Design/methodology/approach – The paper revisits a talk that Stafford Beer gave, over three decades ago, to administrators of the UK National Health Service (NHS). It uses the content of the talk, entitled “Health and Quiet Breathing”, to diagnose the problems that… Expand
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