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Good and valuable review, Ern.

Don't know the man or the book, but many thanks for the review and  
relating it to SB,
o
Rger
On 29 Jan 2011, at 12:51, Ern Reynolds wrote:

>         This 2009 book published by W.W. Norton (and unabridged on  
> audio CD) never mentions the Viable System Model or Syntegration.   
> Yet its counterintutive and iconoclastic observations in 343 pages  
> are constant oblique reminders of the VSM's many strengths.
>
>         For example, Stafford left us a coherent testable body of  
> work.  That corpus is a far cry from the much more readily saleable  
> fresh-coined metaphors and imaginatively-labeled frameworks that  
> faddish consulting feeds clients.
>
>         In fact, one lesson I took from Stewart's book is that some  
> flimsy framework makes more sense to clients than a predictive model  
> that can withstand Popperian falsification.  He made a 10-year  
> career of reusing the Pareto 80-20 Rule monotonously.  In the end  
> today's consultants' metapurpose is to calm the rebelliousness of  
> employees who dislike their nominal superiors who brought the  
> counsultants in.
>
>         The author does a fine job of getting down to fundamental  
> mechanisms of causation -- not because of business school training  
> but rather from his advanced graduate study in philosophy.  His use  
> of epistomology, etymology and economic history gets down to  
> fundamentals much better than can spreadsheeting and business jargon.
>
>         Perhaps the most thoughtful theme of the book is that  
> business strategy has never ever proven itself to be a genuine  
> discipline, so its foundations for business strategy consulting is  
> perpetually dubious.
>
>         In all, I found the book to inferentially be a deep critique  
> of Beer's solid work.  Does anyone have further thoughts on the  
> Stewart book?
>
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