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(Anthony) Stafford Beer

(Anthony) Stafford Beer (25 September 1926 – 23 August 2002) 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. The Viable System Model (VSM) was developed by operations research theorist and cybernetician Stafford Beer in his book Brain of the Firm (1972). The viable system model (VSM) is a model of the organisational structure of any autonomous system capable of producing itself.