Papers on Cybernetics and Systems Science

Below are some recent papers by members of the Research Program. We have also assembled abstracts arranged by academic year. Please refer to this page for papers in other languages. For older papers, go here.

For papers that use the Participatory Strategic Planning methods developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs, refer to this page. For papers using a Quality Improvement Priority Matrix, a method for continuous process improvement, see this page. For papers on Cross-Cultural Management, see this page.

2014

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Science: Logic, Strategies, Methods"

Umpleby, Stuart, "Identifying a Philosophy and Methods for Second-Order Science"

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Social and Political Context of Science"

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Role of Cybernetics in Security Policy"

2013

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Cybernetics Then and Now "  (Abstract) (Slides) (Video

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Science: The Effect on Business and Social Science Research" (Abstract) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "A General Theory of Regulation: Implications for Science Policy and Educational Policy" (Abstract) (Slides)

2012

Umpleby, Stuart, "A Second Expansion of Science" (Slides) (Audio lecture)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Science: Logic, Strategies, Methods" (Abstract) (Slides) (Video)

2011

Umpleby, Stuart, "Second Order Economics as an Example of Second Order Cybernetics" (Paper) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Role of Cybernetics in Science, Technology and Security Policy" (Paper)

2010

Umpleby, Stuart, "Science 2:  Is A Broader Conception Of Science Still Science?" (Paper) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "From Complexity to Reflexivity: The Next Step in the Systems Sciences" (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Financial Crisis: What Happened and How We Need to Change our Thinking" (Paper)

Elizabeth Corona and Bradley Thomas, "A New Perspective on the Early History of the American Society for Cybernetics" (Paper)

2009

Stuart Umpleby and Emil Nedev, "A Reflexive view of a Transdisciplinary Field: The Case of Cybernetics" (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Ross Ashby’s General Theory of Adaptive Systems" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby, Min Cho and Mateo Ruggia, "How Research in Cybernetics is Moving from North America to Europe and Other Regions" (Paper)

2008

Stuart Umpleby, " A Brief History of Cybernetics in The United States" (Paper)

Stuart Umpleby, "Russian-American Discussions of Cybernetics and Systems Science" (Slides)

2007

Umpleby, Stuart, "Reflexivity in Social Systems: The Theories of George Soros." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Physical Relationships Among Matter, Energy and Information." (Paper) (Slides)


Umpleby, Stuart, "Management Cybernetics: A Tutorial." (Abstract) (Slides)

 

Umpleby, Stuart, "Unifying Epistemologies by Combining World, Description and Observer." (Paper) (Slides)

 

2006

Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics." Prepared for the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. (Paper)

Umbleby, Stuart, "The Viable System Model." Prepared for the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies. (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics as a Language for Interdisciplinary Communication."  (Abstract) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Fundamentals and History of Cybernetics:  A Tutorial."  (Slides and exercises)

2005

Umpleby, Stuart, "A History of the Cybernetics Movement in the United States." (Paper)

2004

Medvedeva, Tatyana and Stuart Umpleby, "Four Methods for Describing Systems with Examples of How Management is Changing in the U.S. and Russia." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "What I learned from Heinz von Foerster about the Construction of Science." (Paper) (Figures)

 

2003

 

Umpleby, Stuart, "Heinz von Foerster and the Mansfield Amendment." (Paper)

2002

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Design of Intellectual Movements." (Paper) (Slides)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Organization of Regulation of the Global Economy." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Should Knowledge of Management Be Organized as Theories or as Methods?" (Paper) (Slides)

2001

Umpleby, Stuart, "Two Kinds of General Theories in Systems Science." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "What Comes After Second Order Cybernetics?" (Paper)

2000

Umpleby, Stuart, "Knowledge Management from the Perspective of Systems Theory and Cybernetics." (Paper)

Buck John, Eric Dent, Stuart Umpleby, "Communicating Science: the Difficulty Introduced by the Historical Politics of the English Language." (Paper)

1998

 

Umpleby, Stuart and Eric Dent, "The Origins and Purposes of Several Traditions in Systems Theory and Cybernetics." (Paper)

 

Dent, Eric, and Stuart Umpleby, "Underlying Assumptions of Several Traditions in Systems Theory and Cybernetics." (Paper)

 

1996

 

Umpleby, Stuart and Pavel Makeyenko, "A Comparison of the Stability of the Socio-Economic Systems of the United States and Russia." (Paper)

 

1994

Umpleby, Stuart, "Cybernetics of Conceptual Systems." (Paper)

1992

Umpleby, Stuart, "Mindwalk:  Systems Practice in Hollywood." (Paper)

1991

Umpleby, Stuart, "Strategies for Winning Acceptance of Second Order Cybernetics." (Paper)

1990

Umpleby, Stuart, "Comparing Conceptual Systems: A Strategy for Changing Values as well as Institutions." (Paper)

 

Umpleby, Stuart, "A Preliminary Inventory of Theories Available to Guide the Reform of Socialist Societies." (Paper)

 

1989

Umpleby, Stuart, "The Science of Cybernetics and the Cybernetics of Science." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Strategies for Regulating The Global Economy." (Paper)

1987

Umpleby, Stuart, "Some Policy Implications of Lefebvre's Theory of Ethical Cognition." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "American and Soviet Discussions of the Foundations of Cybernetics and General System Theory." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Science One and Science Two." (Paper)

Umpleby, Stuart, "Three Conceptions of Conversation." (Paper)

1986

Umpleby, Stuart, "The International Network of Systems Theorists." (Article)

 

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