Water Polo Canada AGM — at W…

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Water Polo Canada AGM — at Westin http://gowal.la/r/54j6

Paul Pangaro, Ph.D.


To speak ‘Biological Computer Laboratory’ also speaks ‘Heinz von Foerster.’ To invoke von Foerster also invokes the BCL community that he gathered through his unerring identification of original thinkers and his unparalleled clarity about second-order cybernetics. Having chosen well his lab’s collaborators, von Foerster contributed seminal thinking that became foundations and superstructures for practitioners in the generations that followed.

Tags: conversations, cybernetics, Gordon Pask, humberto maturana

Int. J. Systems Sci., 1970, vol. 1, No. 2, 89-97
Roger C. Conant
Department of Information Engineering, University of Illinois, Box 4348, Chicago,

Illinois, 60680, U.S.A.
and W. Ross Ashby
Biological Computers Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801,

[Received 3 June 1970]

The design of a complex regulator often includes the making of a model of the system to be regulated. The making of such a model has hitherto been regarded as optional, as merely one of many possible ways.

Tags: Ashby, control, model, regulator, Systems

Lappeenranta University of Technology - 7th Wing
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Lappeenranta University of Technology
electrical engineering department
Arseniy Krasikov
The Viable System Model in the analysis of the project management
Master’s thesis
53 pages, 14 figures, 1 table and 1 appendix
Examiners: Professor Pertti Selvintoinen
Professor Tuomo K¨assi
Keywords: cybernetics, systems theory, the VSM, Viable System Model, project management, complex systems analysis

The paper is made to understand modern (especially cybernetic) methods of complex systems analysis and management, to explain scientific basis of the Viable System Model, to compare theoretical model with developed project management system in Company.

Tags: cybernetics, management, project management, Viable System Model, VSM

by Andriy Sergeyev and Alfredo Moscardini

CAST (Cybernetics and Applied Systems Thinking) Centre, University of Sunderland, UK

Key words: VSM, Governance, Transition Economies, Institutional Transformations.


Tags: Case study, cybernetics, Economic, economy, government

by Christos Dodis, Konstantinos Kitis, Demetrios Panagiotakopoulos

This paper is concerned with the organization and the operational viability of Solid Waste Management Authorities (SWMA). The frequently changing performance requirements, the continuous search for alternative technological, financial and institutional options, the unstable market of recyclables, the variations in waste characteristics, and the need for public-private partnerships are only some of the factors that shape and drastically affect the operating environment of a SWMA. Consequently, for any such Authority (be it a small
municipal department or a huge organization serving a megapolis), there is an emerging need for:

Tags: Case study, cybernetics, Environment, management, VSM, Waste management

The IHMC CmapTools software empowers uses to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as Concept Maps

Tags: cognition, Concept map, Knowledge Management, models, software, tools


Compendium: a hypertext concept mapping too

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Compendium is a hypertext concept mapping tool which can be used as an individual or group tool to model problems, and capture discussions. Compendium is about sharing ideas, creating artifacts, making things together, and breaking down the boundaries between dialogue, artifact, knowledge, and data.

This tool supports the Compendium methodology for Dialogue Mapping and collaborative visual modelling, as described on the Compendium Institute website

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Tags: Concept map


Architecture as system

   Posted by: Bricoleur   in Management Cybernetics, Software - general

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Architecture as system

Enterprise-architecture, service-architecture and the Viable System Model

Tom Graves : Tetradian Consulting
January 2007

– enterprise architects, service architects, operations
strategists, process analysts, IT-systems analysts
• Objective
– increase business take-up of enterprise architecture
– demonstrate tools to review service-architecture
• Agenda
– extend enterprise-architecture beyond IT-systems
– extend service-architecture across all service types
– use ‘systems-theory’ tools to improve services
– business benefits of extended architecture


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Tags: design, Enterprise architecture, Software architecture, Viable System Model, VSM

1Badillo, I., 2Tejeida, R., 3Morales, O.
1,2,3 Instituto Politécnico Nacional, México.

The Viable System Model (VSM) is recursive and helps explaining the general production management model of the ERP system. The recursion level explains the development
starting from warehouse management to Material Requirement Planning (MRP), to Manufactory Requirement Planning (MRPII), to Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), and
to Supply Chain Management (SCM).
In each recursion level, the emergent concepts helps explaining the discovery of the two categories of demand: independent demand and dependent demand, the feedback concept
helps explaining the closed cycles in ERP, the local, future and total environment concept helps explaining the interactions between the market and the Production System and the
Law of requisite variety helps to manage complexity.

Tags: Business, ERP, management, MRP, planning, Systems, Viable System Model, VSM

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