His initial studies were in mathematics, philosophy and psychology at Whitgift School and the University of London (University College). World War II cut short his studies to be mobilized to join the British army, in which he became commander of company in the Gurkhas and finally a military psychologist with the rank of captain. It is in this location where it begins to implement its interdisciplinary approach to recruitment processes and research on the relationship between psychopathology and illiteracy, and is assigned to the area of human factors in Operations Research (OR) in the Office War. Once reintegrated into civilian life working for twelve years for the United Steel, where he created and led the first group (civil) Operations Research, while occupying the office of Controller of Production. He was responsible which was first implementation in Europe of linear programming (1950). The IO group eventually grew to more than 70 professionals engaged in implementing a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems, the then largest civilian world IO.
Stafford Beer was also a consultant to several ministers in Ottawa (Canada), New Delhi (India) and Mexico’s presidential office, Uruguay and Venezuela (directly with the president in the latter two cases). The period from 1990 to the present day is marked by an activity principally engaged in the research and development that led to the invention of the technique known as Team Syner-integrity. It is a complement to the Viable Systems Model that allows for increased creativity and communication between members of steering groups in organizations.