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Authors:Arthur Dijkstra: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines / Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Publication title:Cybernetics and Resilience Engineering: Can Cybernetics and the Viable System Model Advance Resilience Engineering?
Conference:Proceedings of the Resilience Engineering Workshop; 25–27 June; 2007; Vadstena; Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:023
Article No.:004
Abstract:Cybernetics as the science of control in the animal and machine provides a paradigm for inquiry into organisational behaviour. Management cybernetics supplies complementary perspectives on managing complexity and organisational performance. Using the Viable System Model (VSM) a qualitative diagnosis can be made of the communication structures in the viable organization. Viability is the ability to maintain the organisational identity in a changing environment. This notion compares well with some proposed aspects of resilience. VSM is suitable for diagnoses of the viability of an organisation and might therefore also be an useful concept for diagnosis and understanding of resilience. A specific function in the VSM scans the organisational environment for threats and opportunities. This “outside and then” function negotiates with the ‘inside and now” function of the organisation about adaptation. This seems to be in line with the proposed requirements for resilience such as anticipation; attention and response. This paper proposes further exploration of management cybernetics for possible answers to the challenges of resilience engineering (RE).
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:7
Pages:23-29
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/023/004/ecp2307004.pdf
Available:2007-07-28
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Arthur Dijkstra (2007). Cybernetics and Resilience Engineering: Can Cybernetics and the Viable System Model Advance Resilience Engineering?, Proceedings of the Resilience Engineering Workshop; 25–27 June; 2007; Vadstena; Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=023;article=004 (accessed 10/26/2014)