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Social Systems Engineering: The Design of Complexity

Cesar García-Díaz (Editor), Camilo Olaya (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-97445-2
320 pages
December 2017
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Uniquely reflects an engineering view to social systems in a wide variety of contexts of application

Social Systems Engineering: The Design of Complexity brings together a wide variety of application approaches to social systems from an engineering viewpoint. The book defines a social system as any complex system formed by human beings. Focus is given to the importance of systems intervention design for specific and singular settings, the possibilities of engineering thinking and methods, the use of computational models in particular contexts, and the development of portfolios of solutions. Furthermore, this book considers both technical, human and social perspectives, which are crucial to solving complex problems.

Social Systems Engineering: The Design of Complexity provides modelling examples to explore the design aspect of social systems. Various applications are explored in a variety of areas, such as urban systems, health care systems, socio-economic systems, and environmental systems. It covers important topics such as organizational design, modelling and intervention in socio-economic systems, participatory and/or community-based modelling, application of systems engineering tools to social problems, applications of computational behavioral modeling, computational modelling and management of complexity, and more. 

  • Highlights an engineering view to social systems (as opposed to a “scientific” view) that stresses the importance of systems intervention design for specific and singular settings
  • Divulges works where the design, re-design, and transformation of social systems constitute the main aim, and where joint considerations of both technical and social perspectives are deemed important in solving social problems
  • Features an array of applied cases that illustrate the application of social systems engineering in different domains

Social Systems Engineering: The Design of Complexity is an excellent text for academics and graduate students in engineering and social science—specifically, economists, political scientists, anthropologists, and management scientists with an interest in finding systematic ways to intervene and improve social systems.

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Author Information

César García-Díaz, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. César’s expertise is in the field of agent-based social simulation.

Camilo Olaya, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Camilo is a researcher in model-based engineering of private and public systems with more than 15 years of experience in this field.

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