The Stafford Beer Collection

Scope and Content

The Stafford Beer Collection consists of almost 2000 books and pamphlets reflecting Professor Beer's wide-ranging interests and the development of his thinking. It also includes an archive of Professor Beer's papers, together with paintings, models, gramophone records and memorabilia.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Stafford Beer, the founder of Management Cybernetics, was appointed Honorary Professor of Organisational Transformation at LJMU in 1989. An international consultant in the management sciences, employed by governments in over 20 countries and by a number of international agencies, Professor Beer, who died in August 2002, was the author of over 200 publications and held a number of academic posts as well as managerial positions at every level. He was also a published poet and exhibited painter.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

Lists of the book collection and archive can be found on our webpages at Stafford Beer Collection . The book collection catalogue provides a subject listing of the book collection, which is arranged in broad subject categories according to Professor Beer's specification.

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