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Rationality in systems engineering: Beyond calculation or political action

Rationality in systems engineering: Beyond calculation or political action
Rationality in systems engineering: Beyond calculation or political action
This paper is written in favor of rationality in systems engineering. Operational rationality is the foundation for the improvement of quality, cost, and delivery (QCD) that leads to continued success in the market place. On both sides of operational rationality lie pitfalls that plague most systems-engineering decision making. On one side lies hand waving and political action. On the opposite side lies mathematical certainty, very enticing to the educated mind, but lacking in broad decision-making capability. In this paper we set forth the principles of operational rationality in systems engineering. These principles guide the evaluation, improvement, and development of systems-engineering practices and methods.
1520-6858
309-328
Clausing, Don P.
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Katsikopoulos, Konstantinos V.
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Clausing, Don P.
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Katsikopoulos, Konstantinos V.
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Clausing, Don P. and Katsikopoulos, Konstantinos V. (2008) Rationality in systems engineering: Beyond calculation or political action. Systems Engineering, 11 (4), 309-328. (doi:10.1002/sys.20102).

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This paper is written in favor of rationality in systems engineering. Operational rationality is the foundation for the improvement of quality, cost, and delivery (QCD) that leads to continued success in the market place. On both sides of operational rationality lie pitfalls that plague most systems-engineering decision making. On one side lies hand waving and political action. On the opposite side lies mathematical certainty, very enticing to the educated mind, but lacking in broad decision-making capability. In this paper we set forth the principles of operational rationality in systems engineering. These principles guide the evaluation, improvement, and development of systems-engineering practices and methods.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 February 2008
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 May 2008
Published date: 2008

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Local EPrints ID: 415444
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/415444
ISSN: 1520-6858
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Author: Don P. Clausing

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