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A Governance Perspective for System-of-Systems

Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, SC 29303, USA
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529 USA
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Received: 2 November 2019 / Revised: 3 December 2019 / Accepted: 5 December 2019 / Published: 9 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in the Systems Sciences 2018)
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.’ View Full-Text
Keywords: complex system governance; general systems theory; system pathology; system-of-systems; systems philosophy; systems thinking complex system governance; general systems theory; system pathology; system-of-systems; systems philosophy; systems thinking
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Katina, P.F.; Keating, C.B.; Bobo, J.A.; Toland, T.S. A Governance Perspective for System-of-Systems. Systems 2019, 7, 54.

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Katina PF, Keating CB, Bobo JA, Toland TS. A Governance Perspective for System-of-Systems. Systems. 2019; 7(4):54.

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Katina, Polinpapilinho F., Charles B. Keating, James A. Bobo, and Tyrone S. Toland. 2019. "A Governance Perspective for System-of-Systems" Systems 7, no. 4: 54.

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