Systems practice

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 289–302 | Cite as

The languaging of models: The understanding and communication of models with particular reference to Stafford Beer's cybernetic model of organization structure

  • Roger J. Harnden


Scientific models are not descriptors nor are they pointers toward some neutral, objective reality, but are consensual conventions which enable particular understanding and coordination of activity in a community of observers. Impeccable communication of a model entails making visible this activeconsensual function, rather than simply pursuing a more detailed investigation of the phenomenon considered as the source or origin for the model.

Key words

consensual constitutive cybernetic hermeneutics languaging objectivity-in-parentheses ontology real-time Viable System Model (VSM) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger J. Harnden
    • 1
  1. 1.Blaenau Ffestiniog, GwyneddWales

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