COIM: An object-process based method for analyzing architectures of complex, interconnected, large-scale socio-technical systems
Article first published online: 27 APR 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 364–382, Winter 2011
How to Cite
Osorio, C. A., Dori, D. and Sussman, J. (2011), COIM: An object-process based method for analyzing architectures of complex, interconnected, large-scale socio-technical systems. Syst. Engin., 14: 364–382. doi: 10.1002/sys.20185
- Issue published online: 13 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 21 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 11 OCT 2009
- MIT Communications Futures Program (CFP), its industry sponsors, and NSF Grant #EIA-0306723.
- system architecture;
- Object Process Methodology (OPM);
- complex large-scale interconnected open socio-technical (CLIOS) system
There is growing evidence for the relevance of human behavioral factors in successful development of new products, processes, and services. The evidence is even clearer when the forces affecting the development and evolution of long-lived, large, and open complex socio-technical systems are examined. Methods that study the architecture of these systems can help scholars and practitioners to better understand, manage, and develop socio-technical systems. We propose an approach and a method to address these needs that is grounded in the theory of systems architecture and builds on the strengths of Object Process Methodology (OPM) and the process for representing Complex Large-scale Interconnected Open Socio-technical (CLIOS) systems. We do so by integrating these methods into the CLIOS-OPM Integrated Method (COIM). COIM is conducive to studying a system's architecture and its evolution, as it is enhanced by a set of qualitative methods for answering questions about the reasons (why) and process (how) of change in human-made systems over time. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.