Accession Number : ADA191098

Title :   Decision Support Systems in the Public Sector; A Cybernetic Model for the Proactive Organization.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Waelchli, Fred

PDF Url : ADA191098

Report Date : May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : The logic underlying decisions, and decision support systems, depends fundamentally on our assumptions about, and models of, the organizations in which these decisions are made. In this monograph, Dr. Fred Waelchi, a DSMC Professor of Management, suggests that current systems models of the organization are incomplete and defective, and that implicit use of these models may corrupt the decision process in our organization. Dr. Waelchli proposes a cybermetic model of the organization, derived from the work of W. Ross Ashby and Stafford Beer, that resolves the difficulties with the existing system models, and establishes a methodical foundation for Peter Drucker's major premise that the organization exists fundamentally to create useful change in society. Keywords: General systems theory.

Descriptors :   *CYBERNETICS, *DECISION MAKING, *SYSTEMS APPROACH, MODELS, ORGANIZATIONS, THEORY, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, SYNERGISM

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE