This paper discusses the evolution of a company in Argentina with the support of Stafford Beer’s Viable System Model and the Viplan Method. This company had had a cybernetic intervention in the 1980s and in 2002 went out of business. The authors’ purpose was to revisit the company through the lens of current organizational cybernetics to find new insights from its history. It was found that a representational, functionalist application of the VSM yielded limited insights into viability. However, the assessment of the relationships among actors within the organization and between these actors and environmental agents offered much more valuable results. The particular relationships of interest were those constructing or failing to construct effective recursive autonomy within the company.
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