Cybernetic Approach to Project Management: Where Sense Making Intelligence Is Needed

  • Bogdan LentEmail author
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 391)


The original cybernetics of Norbert Wiener concerns self-regulation and equilibrium stabilisation around specified goal – mainly through negative feedback. This is an attractive preposition for project management. Yet complexity and chaos of projects are better reflected by non-linear systems, which in turn are better manageable in adaptive and self-organised distributed systems with positive feedback.

Paper presents the mental model of project management based on cybernetic system approach with several asynchronously running decentralised subsystems based on specific component-goal oriented processes.

Without claming the wholeness or completeness of the solution the indices of possible project performance improvements provide sufficient justification for continuing research in this area.


Cybernetic project management non-linear systems in projects finite models initial conditions sensibility complex systems negative and positive feedbacks multiple equilibriums L-TimerTM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Applied SciencesBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.National Defense UniversityWarsawPoland
  3. 3.University of Technology and Life SciencesBydgoszczPoland
  4. 4.Kasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand

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