Recent Developments in Planning and Decision-Taking in Large Corporations

  • Peter Beck
Part of the The Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies book series (VICES)


Few of us like uncertainty, but until this century mankind generally accepted the impossibility of determining one’s destiny. The belief that only divine (or the devil’s) intervention made prophecy possible was held by most cultures. Only during the last fifty years or so did the assumption spring up that application of the scientific method, of vastly expanded information flows and of hitherto unbelievable speed of processing information, can make prediction of the future possible.


Central Planning Strategic Direction Planning Department Head Office Individual Business 
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© Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche (WIIW) (The Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies) 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Beck
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  1. 1.Strategic Planning SocietyLondonUK

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