Beyond Dispute: The Invention of Team Syntegrity Hardcover - 1994
by Stafford Beer
From the publisher
The author of this work describes his own invention, a process called team syntegrity, which may be used to manage change and plan the future directions of any organization. The underlying theory, which is mathematical, is put forward with great care in comprehensible language. This treatment derives from the author's belief that many adaptations of the basic technique will emerge once the fundamentals are properly understood. The process aims to provide managers and their advisors with a new planning method that captures the native genius of the organization in a non-political and non-hierarchical way.
From the rear cover
Over the last forty years, Stafford Beer has published a steady stream of books and papers in which he has applied cybernetic science to organizational problems. In all of these he has explained underlying principles and developed new theories and recorded a great variety of practical applications. He has now invented and demonstrated Team Syntegrity. Syntegrity is a powerful invention in the organization of normative, directional, and strategic planning, and other creative decision processes. The underlying model is a regular icosahedron (20 sides). This has 30 edges, each of which represents a person. An internal network of interactions is created by a set of protocols. A group organized like this is an ultimate statement of participatory democracy, since each role is indistinguishable from any other. There is no hierarchy, no top, no bottom, no sideways. Beer illustrates how continued dynamic interaction between persons causes ideas and resolutions to hum around the sphere, which reverberates into a kind of group consciousness. Mathematical analysis of the structure shows how the process is determined by the even spread of synergy. The aim of the book is to provide managers and their advisors with a new planning method that captures the native genius of the organization in a non-political and non-hierarchical way. The book includes an enquiry into Beer's concept of recursive consciousness, based on this model, that is relevant to both neurocybernetics and the social systems sciences.
- Title Beyond Dispute: The Invention of Team Syntegrity
- Author Stafford Beer
- Binding Hardcover
- Edition First Edition
- Pages 380
- Volumes 1
- Language ENG
- Publisher Wiley, New York, New York, U.S.A
- Date 1994-09-20
- ISBN 9780471944515 / 0471944513
- Weight 1.59 lbs (0.72 kg)
- Dimensions 9.36 x 6.24 x 1.04 in (23.77 x 15.85 x 2.64 cm)
- Library of Congress subjects Teams in the workplace, Organizational behavior
- Library of Congress Catalog Number 94002439
- Dewey Decimal Code 658.402
About the author
Stafford Beer was a British theorist, consultant and professor at the Manchester Business School. He is best known for his work in the fields of operational research and management cybernetics.
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