Stafford Beer is our intellectual hero. What Einstein was to phyics, Beer was to management science. His most important achievement was the Viable System Model, which he wrote about in these two classic books.
Patrick Hoverstadt has described the Viable System Model in modern management terms in the book “The Fractal Organization”. Therefore, for most of us it is easier to read than Stafford Beer's books.
Our own contribution to the above list is the book (in Dutch) “Waarom gaan dingen nou nooit eens een beetje vanzelf? En waarom dat de verkeerde vraag is. ” Easier to digest than the aforementioned books, full of examples and in Dutch. The fastest introduction to the Viable System Model.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Isaac Newton