An elemental decomposition of systems engineering

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Abstract

A part of the systems engineering and engineering design community has voiced a need to measure the goodness of systems engineering and engineering design methods or approaches. Such measurements could enable assessing the merits of novel approaches and methods and, ultimately, compare the situations and contexts in which one of them would be preferred over the other ones. Notwithstanding the complexity of such endeavor, this paper presents an elemental decomposition of systems engineering that can be used for characterizing systems engineering methods or approaches. The proposed model builds on understanding systems engineering as the application of strategies to realize systems. The proposed elemental decomposition consists of four elements, which represent the potential effects that any systems engineering activity may have on the system development: set an order on the solution space, change the content of the design space, shape beliefs on the order of the solution space, and shape beliefs on the solution space. Such characterization could eventually be useful to compare the structure and behavior of different systems engineering methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication4th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, ISSE 2018 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538644461
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event4th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, ISSE 2018 - Roma, Italy
Duration: Oct 1 2018Oct 3 2018

Publication series

Name4th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, ISSE 2018 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference4th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, ISSE 2018
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityRoma
Period10/1/1810/3/18

Keywords

  • Definition of systems engineering
  • Strategic engineering
  • Systems science
  • Theory of systems engineering
  • Value of systems engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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