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Systems Design Books (2)

  • Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World

    Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World

    Today’s leading authority on the subject of this text is the author, MIT Standish Professor of Management and Director of the System Dynamics Group, John D. Sterman. Sterman’s objective is to explain, in a true textbook format, what system dynamics is, and how it can be successfully applied to solve business and organizational problems. System dynamics is both a currently utilized approach to organizational problem solving at the professional level, and a field of study in business, engineering, and social and physical sciences.

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  • Systems Analysis and Design

    Systems Analysis and Design
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    Offer your students a practical, streamlined, and updated approach to information systems development with Tilley/Rosenblatt's SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN, 11E. Expanded coverage of emerging technologies, such as agile methods, cloud computing, and mobile applications, complements this book's traditional approaches to systems analysis and design. A wealth of real-world examples throughout the book emphasizes critical thinking and IT skills in a dynamic, business-related environment.

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  • A primer on the design and science of complex systems

    A primer on the design and science of complex systems
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    Electrical networks, flocking birds, transportation hubs, weather patterns, commercial organisations, swarming robots... Increasingly, many of the systems that we want to engineer or understand are said to be ‘complex’. These systems are often considered to be intractable because of their unpredictability, non-linearity, interconnectivity, heterarchy and ‘emergence’.

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  • Complex Engineered Systems

    Complex Engineered Systems

    Future scientific and technological developments in many fields will necessarily depend upon coming to grips with complex systems. Such systems are complex in both their composition (typically many different kinds of components interacting with each other and their environments on multiple levels) and in the rich diversity of behavior of which they are capable.

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  • Co-Creation & the New Landscapes of Design

    Co-Creation & the New Landscapes of Design

    Designers have been moving increasingly closer to the future users of what they design and the next new thing in the changing landscape of design research has become co-designing with your users. But co-designing is actually not new at all, having taken distinctly different paths in the US and in Europe.

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  • Self-Assembly, Self-Organization

    Self-Assembly, Self-Organization

    Put the different parts of a car in a big box, and shake the whole, will you get a car? This image is often used to express what self-assembly can achieve. Spontaneous arrangements of small building blocks in ordered patterns or structures are ubiquitous in living systems, and they are crucial for designing at the nanoscale, where human hands and tools are helpless.

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  • The Social Internet of Things

    The Social Internet of Things

    Recently there has been quite a number of independent research activities that investigate the potentialities of integrating social networking concepts into Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The resulting paradigm, named Social Internet of Things (SIoT), has the potential to support novel applications and networking services for the IoT in more e

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  • Innovation in Networked Infrastructures

    Innovation in Networked Infrastructures

    Infrastructures are the systems that provide energy and water, that remove waste water and wastes, that facilitate the movement of people and goods, and that enable us to communicate and exchange information without being troubled by distance. Infrastructure systems are designed to satisfy specific social needs, but they shape social change at a much broader and more complex level.

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  • Introducing Inverse Infrastructures

    Introducing Inverse Infrastructures

    The current dominant paradigm of contemporary infrastructure1 design is that of Hughesian large-scale technical systems (LTSs) (Hughes 1983). However, we see unprecedented infrastructures emerging that are not owned by governments or large businesses. They are not governed centrally or controlled top-down by government or industry as telecommunications, energy networks, and railways, for example, have been for decades. Instead

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  • Path Dependence in Technologies & Organizations

    Path Dependence in Technologies & Organizations

    The note on which an entry for the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management will draw offers a beginner’s guide to path dependency in technologies and organizations. We address the very meaning of the concept and its centrality in various aspects of economic analysis. We outline the various levels of the economic system where it is observable, its sources, consequences and different formal representations of path dependent processes.

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  • Emergence Versus Self-Organisation

    Emergence Versus Self-Organisation

    A clear terminology is essential in every research discipline. In the context of ESOA, a lot of confusion exists about the meaning of the terms emergence and self-organisation. One of the sources of the confusion comes from the fact that a combination of both phenomena often occurs in dynamical systems.

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  • Understanding Complex Systems: Infrastructure Impacts

    Understanding Complex Systems: Infrastructure Impacts

    Prior to the 1990s, little attention was given to infrastructure interdependencies. However, recent events such as the Baltimore Howard Street Tunnel train derailment, the Northeast electric power blackout and hurricane Katrina, have brought the importance of infrastructure interdependencies to the forefront.

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  • Complex Systems & Systems Engineering

    Complex Systems & Systems Engineering

    One may define a complex system as a system in which phenomena emerge as a consequence of multiscale interaction among the system’s components and their environments. The field of Complex Systems is the study of such systems—usually naturally occurring, either biological or social.

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  • Complex Engineered Systems: A New Paradigm

    Complex Engineered Systems: A New Paradigm

    Human history is often seen as an inexorable march towards greater complexity — in ideas, artifacts, social, political and economic systems, technology, and in the structure of life itself. While we do not have detailed knowledge of ancient times, it is reasonable to conclude that the average resident of New York City today faces a world of much greater complexity than the average denizen of Carthage or Tikal.

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  • How to Design Self-Organizing Systems

    How to Design Self-Organizing Systems

    The behavior of a self-organizing system (SOS) is typically defined by the local interaction rules of the components. While this emergent behavior typically is very flexible, i.e., working at different scales being robust against disturbances and failures, there exists no straight-forward way for the design of these rules so that the overall system shows the desired properties.

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  • When Systems Engineering Fails

    When Systems Engineering Fails

    We review the lessons learned from problems with systems engineering over the past couple of decades and suggest that there are two effective strategies for overcoming them: (1) restricting the conventional systems engineering process to not-too-complex projects, and (2) adopting an evolutionary paradigm for complex systems engineering that involves rapid parallel exploration and a context designed to promote change through competition between design/implementation groups with field testing of multiple variants. The second approach is an extension of many of the increasingly popular variants of systems engineering today

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  • Understanding Complex Service Systems

    Understanding Complex Service Systems
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    The 2011 Grand Challenge in Service conference aimed to explore, analyse and evaluate complex service systems, utilising a case scenario of delivering on improved perception of safety in the London Borough of Sutton, which provided a common context to link the contributions. The key themes that emerged included value co-creation, systems and networks, ICT and complexity, for which we summarise the contributions. Contributions on value co-creation are based mainly on empirical research and provide a variety of insights including the importance of better understanding collaboration within value co-creation. Contributions on the systems perspective, considered to arise from networks of value co-creation, include efforts to understand the implications of the interactions within service systems, as well as their interactions with social systems, to co-create value. Contributions within the technological sphere, providing ever greater connectivity between entities, focus on the creation of new value constellations and new demand being fulfilled through hybrid offerings of physical assets, information and people. Contributions on complexity, arising from the value cocreation networks of technology enabled services systems, focus on the challenges in understanding, managing and analysing these complex service systems. The theory and applications all show the importance of understanding service for the future

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  • Designing Complex Systems

    Designing Complex Systems

    Networked infrastructures are complex socio-technical systems. The complexity shows in the physical networks, in the actor networks, and in their combination. This paper addresses the question how these systems should be designed. For the physical networks as well as the actor networks, design processes exist that could be applied separately. However, for these integrated networks an integrated approach is proposed. Three cases studies of designs are discussed concerning a district heating system, a gas network and a seaport development. The studies lead to the conclusion that an integrated socio-technical complex system design process must be applied

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  • Complex Engineered Systems: A New Paradigm

    Complex Engineered Systems: A New Paradigm

    Human history is often seen as an inexorable march towards greater complexity — in ideas, artifacts, social, political and economic systems, technology, and in the structure of life itself. While we do not have detailed knowledge of ancient times, it is reasonable to conclude that the average resident of New York City today faces a world of much greater complexity than the average denizen of Carthage or Tikal. A careful consideration of this change, however, suggests that most of it has occurred recently, and has been driven primarily by the emergence of technology as a force in human life. In the 4000 years separating the Indus Valley Civilization from 18th century Europe, human transportation evolved from the bullock cart to the hansom, and the methods of communication used by George Washington did not differ significantly from those used by Alexander or Rameses. The world has moved radically towards greater complexity in the last two centuries.

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  • Modularity in the Design of Complex Engineering Systems

    Modularity in the Design of Complex Engineering Systems
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    In the last decade, the concept of modularity has caught the attention of engineers, management researchers and corporate strategists in a number of industries. When a product or process is “modularized,” the elements of its design are split up and assigned to modules according to a formal architecture or plan. From an engineering perspective, a modularization generally has three purposes: To make complexity manageable; To enable parallel work; and To accommodate future uncertainty

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  • Foundations for Complex Systems Research in the Physical Sciences and Engineering

    Foundations for Complex Systems Research in the Physical Sciences and Engineering

    Science and engineering have long sought principles for the organization and understanding of complex systems. The impetus to study complex systems is driven both by  curiosity as exemplified in the aphorism “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” and  the need to deal with important problems of national interest such as critical infrastructure, sustainability and epidemics . Many complex systems like the power grid, transportation networks and the web demand immediate attention. They have high levels of uncertainty, lack master plans and are susceptible to breakdowns that could have catastrophic consequences. Stronger foundations for the science of complex systems are needed to mitigate these risks and manage these continually evolving systems. A deeper understanding of complex systems will also facilitate the development of controls and strategies to make systems more efficient.

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  • Complexity Management for Projects, Programmes, and Portfolios: An Engineering Systems Perspective

    Complexity Management for Projects, Programmes, and Portfolios: An Engineering Systems Perspective

    Complexity has received wide attention from practitioners and academics alike. We have made significant progress in understanding the different aspects of complexity in projects, programmes, and portfolios. Yet there is still significant work to be done in bridging complexity concepts and managerial reality. In this whitepaper, we discuss the aspects of complexity, how it impacts projects, programmes, and portfolios and what we can do about it. Drawing upon the emerging field of engineering systems, the paper helps us to understand the intricate nature of complexity, uncertainty, and human behaviour, covering both structural and dynamic dimensions. It further outlines the potential challenges in practices by connecting the abstract concepts and management approaches to concrete practical examples. Finally, it introduces cutting-edge tools and strategies for dealing with project complexity covering network analysis, systems dynamics, modularisation, antifragility, and mindfulness.

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Systems Design Course (2)

  • System Design & Management Masters MIT

    System Design & Management Masters MIT

    Through the System Design & Management (SDM) core course and individually chosen electives, SDM fellows: learn to use systems thinking to understand the technical, managerial, and societal components of large-scale, complex challenges; discover how these components influence each other as part of larger systems; participate in rigorous classroom assignments and projects; learn to see the world and relationships in new ways; and innovate and lead from this inclusive and holistic view.

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  • MSc Complex Systems Engineering and Management

    MSc Complex Systems Engineering and Management

    Are you looking for a Master\'s degree programme in which you learn to design in complex technical environments? But do you want more than ‘just’ technical skills? For example, do you want to look beyond the design of electric vehicles and concentrate on what is needed to implement electric transportation on a large scale? And therefore work on regulations, logistics, behavioural change, financial incentives etc.

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Systems Design Videos (5)

  • Key Concepts in Technology

    Key Concepts in Technology

    Introductory lecture for Week 3 of "Key Concepts in Technology" (CCTP-798), a graduate course taught by Professor Martin Irvine in the Communication, Culture & Technology Program, Georgetown University.

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  • Tim Brown about "Complexity - Impact on People and Organizations"

    Tim Brown about

    Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on TED.com

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  • Complexity: Designing Complex Systems for the 21st Century

    Complexity: Designing Complex Systems for the 21st Century

    The design of complex "engineered" systems in the 21st century poses a set of common challenges, to name a few, the complexity and computational cost of system analysis, the heterogeneity of information at different levels of abstraction, the various sources of uncertainties, the multidisciplinary organization with conflicting goals, and the difficulty in understanding the socio-technical interfaces.

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  • Service Systems Research at WMG

    Service Systems Research at WMG

    Professor Irene Ng, Head of Marketing and Service Systems and Director of the International Institute of Product and Service Innovation, talks about the work of the Service Systems Research Group at WMG, University of Warwick

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  • Complex Sociotechnical Systems- The Case for a New Field of Study

    Complex Sociotechnical Systems- The Case for a New Field of Study

    Joseph M. Sussman Interim Director of Engineering Systems Division JR East Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, talks on Sociotechnical systems

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