Further useful and illuminating material can be found in the following:
Platform for Change Stafford Beer (John
Wiley, 1975) A book which, while not explicitly
mentioning the Viable System Model, deals with many issues fundamental
to the continuing viability of human systems.
Designing Freedom Stafford Beer (John
Wiley, 1974) A series of six lectures, originally
broadcast on Canadian radio, briefly covering some of the same ground
as "Platform for Change".
Decision and Control Stafford Beer (John
Wiley, 1966) A cybernetic treatment of Operations
An Introduction to
Cybernetics W. Ross Ashby (Chapman and Hall, 1956)
A thorough and accessible introduction to many aspects
of the theoretical foundations upon which the VSM was built. In
particular this book introduces, develops and justifies the Law of Requisite Variety. It is now
available in PDF format from the link above.
Design for a Brain 2/e W. Ross Ashby
(Chapman and Hall, 1960) This book illustrates a
number of very important concepts, including homeostasis and