54 (1-15 pp.)
The operating landscape of 21st century systems is characteristically ambiguous, emergent, and uncertain. These characteristics affect the capacity and performance of engineered systems/enterprises. In response, there are increasing calls for multidisciplinary approaches capable of confronting increasingly ambiguous, emergent, and uncertain systems. System of Systems Engineering (SoSE) is an example of such an approach. A key aspect of SoSE is the coordination and the integration of systems to enable ‘system-of-systems’ capabilities greater than the sum of the capabilities of the constituent systems. However, there is a lack of qualitative studies exploring how coordination and integration are achieved. The objective of this research is to revisit SoSE utility as a potential multidisciplinary approach and to suggest ‘governance’ as the basis for enabling ‘system-of-systems’ coordination and integration. In this case, ‘governance’ is concerned with direction, oversight, and accountability of ‘system-of-systems.’ ‘Complex System Governance’ is a new and novel basis for improving ‘system-of-system’ performance through purposeful design, execution, and evolution of essential metasystem functions.’
Original Publication Citation
Katina, P. F., Keating, C. B., Bobo, J. A., & Toland, T. S. (2019). A governance perspective for system-of-systems. Systems, 7(4), 54. doi:10.3390/systems7040054
Katina, Polinpapilinho F.; Keating, Charles B.; Bobo, James A.; and Toland, Tyrone S., "A Governance Perspective for System-of-Systems" (2019). Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Faculty Publications. 48.