Introductory Summary

  • Don Bryant
  • Richard J. Niehaus
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


In this introduction we summarise the origin and purpose of the Conference, its antecedents, the plan of the proceedings, and an overview of the main points that emerged from the papers and in the discussion session.


System Science Organization Design Equal Employment Opportunity Session Chairman Introductory Statement 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Don Bryant
    • 1
  • Richard J. Niehaus
    • 2
  1. 1.Tavistock Institute of Human RelationsUK
  2. 2.U.S. Navy Office of Civilian PersonnelUSA

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