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Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-90042-0
544 pages
November 2010
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Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management is a  comprehensive textbook that provides a logical process and analytical techniques for fact-based decision making for the most challenging systems problems. Grounded in systems thinking and based on sound systems engineering principles, the systems decisions process (SDP) leverages multiple objective decision analysis, multiple attribute value theory, and value-focused thinking to define the problem, measure stakeholder value, design creative solutions, explore the decision trade off space in the presence of uncertainty, and structure successful solution implementation. In addition to classical systems engineering problems, this approach has been successfully applied to a wide range of challenges including personnel recruiting, retention, and management; strategic policy analysis; facilities design and management; resource allocation; information assurance; security systems design; and other settings whose structure can be conceptualized as a system. 
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Foreword.

Preface.

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. Systems Thinking.

Chapter 3. System Life Cycle.

Chapter 4. Systems Modeling and Analysis.

Chapter 5. Life Cycle Costing.

Chapter 6. Introduction to Systems Engineering.

Chapter 7. Systems Engineering in Professional Practice.

Chapter 8. System Effectiveness.

Chapter 9. Systems Decision Process Overview.

Chapter 10. Problem Definition.

Chapter 11. Solution Design.

Chapter 12. Decision Making.

Chapter 13. Solution Implementation.

Chapter 14. Summary.  

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GREGORY S. PARNELL, PhD, has been Professor of Systems Engineering in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point since 1999. He has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Dr. Parnell is a Fellow of the International Committee for Systems Engineering.

PATRICK J. DRISCOLL, PhD, has been Professor of Operations Research in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy since 2001. From 2004 to 2007 he held the USMA Transformation Chair, and was program director for systems engineering from 2004 to 2005.

DALE L. HENDERSON, PhD, was an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy from 2005 to 2009. He is currently a Senior Military Analyst for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Analysis Center in Virginia.

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This edition offers:

  •  improved discussion of risk in several chapters of the text including more emphasis on the identification and assessment of systemic risk in addition to system solution risk.

  • -A new section introducing models and issues associated with reliability growth in systems and its implications for system test and evaluation.

  • -An extension of systems decision process (SDP) to include new techniques developed since the 1st Edition

  • Inclusion of new roles for systems engineers in providing improved securityand protecting privacy.

  • A new appeandix that summarizes major results in Utility Theoryand Pareto optimality thatare relevant to the value versus cost trade space created bythe SDP.

  • Revised exercises in each chapter based on student and faculty feedback from teaching the course over 4 semesters 

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  • This book is suitable as atexbook for the three keytopifs in systems engineering: systems thinking, systems engineering and systems decision making, which the editors authors have unified under a Systems Decision Process
  • The book has exercises and examples, and case studies and is accompanied by a Solutions Manual for Instructors

This edition offers:

  •  improved discussion of risk in several chapters of the text including more emphasis on the identification and assessment of systemic risk in addition to system solution risk.

  • -A new section introducing models and issues associated with reliability growth in systems and its implications for system test and evaluation.

  • -An extension of systems decision process (SDP) to include new techniques developed since the 1st Edition

  • Inclusion of new roles for systems engineers in providing improved securityand protecting privacy.

  • A new appeandix that summarizes major results in Utility Theoryand Pareto optimality thatare relevant to the value versus cost trade space created bythe SDP.

  • Revised exercises in each chapter based on student and faculty feedback from teaching the course over 4 semesters 

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"Whereas the first edition was intended primarily for an undergraduate course, this second edition incorporates material that allows for the adaptation of the text to the graduate level." (Booknews, 1 February 2011) 
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