Systems Engineering: A 21st Century Systems Methodology
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Author(s): Derek K. Hitchins
Published Online: 19 NOV 2007
Print ISBN: 9780470058565
Online ISBN: 9780470518762
About this Book
This book conceives, presents and exemplifies a contemporary, general systems methodology that is straightforward and accessible, providing guidance in practical application, as well as explaining concept and theory. The book is presented both as a text for students, with topic assignments, and as a reference for practitioners, through case studies.
Utilizing recent research and developments in systems science, methods and tools, Hitchins has developed a unified systems methodology, employable when tackling virtually any problem, from the small technological, to the global socioeconomic. Founded in the powerful 'systems approach', Hitchins' systems methodology brings together both soft and hard system scientific methods into one methodological framework. This can be applied when addressing complex problems, issues and situations, and for creating robust, provable solutions, resolutions and dissolutions to those problems - supposing such to exist.
This book details and explores:
- the systems approach, using theory and method to reveal systems engineering as applied systems science, bridging the gulf between Problem and Solution Spaces;
- a 'universal' Systems Methodology (including an extensive view of systems engineering, embracing both soft and hard systems) which encompasses all five stages of Hitchins' 5-layer Systems Engineering Model (artifact, project, enterprise, industry and socio-economy);
- case studies illustrating how the systems methodology may be used to address a diverse range of situations and issues, including conceiving a new defense capability, proposing a feasible way to tackle global warming, tackling enterprise interventions, how and why things can go wrong, and many more.
Systems Engineering will give an immeasurable advantage to managers, practitioners and consultants in a wide range of organizations and fields including police, defense, procurement, communications, transport, management, electrical, electronic, aerospace, requirements, software and computer engineering.
It is an essential reference for researchers seeking 'systems enlightenment', including graduate students who require a comprehensive reference text on the subject, and also government departments and systems engineering institutions