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The definitive decision-making text for systems engineering and management, now updated and revised

Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management is a comprehensive textbook that provides logical processes and analytical techniques for fact-based decision making for the most challenging systems engineering and engineering management problems. It is grounded in the systems decisions process (SDP), which leverages multi-objective decision analysis and value-focused ...

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Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management

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Overview

The definitive decision-making text for systems engineering and management, now updated and revised

Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management is a comprehensive textbook that provides logical processes and analytical techniques for fact-based decision making for the most challenging systems engineering and engineering management problems. It is grounded in the systems decisions process (SDP), which leverages multi-objective decision analysis and value-focused thinking to define the problem; identify system functions and measure stakeholder value; design creative and affordable solutions; explore the decision trade-off space in the presence of uncertainty and risk; and structure successful solution implementations.

Like its predecessor, this Second Edition provides a multidisciplinary framework for systems thinking, systems engineering, problem solving, and decision support using accepted principles and practices of systems engineering and decision analysis. This new text includes the following features:

  • Increased emphasis on requirements analysis
  • Inclusion of cost analysis in the solution design phase to emphasize affordability
  • Increased emphasis on risk management and assessment in several chapters
  • Improved sensitivity analysis techniques
  • A completely revised solution implementation chapter to emphasize project management techniques

Class tested and dependable, this book includes helpful examples and case studies. Providing a foundational coverage of systems thinking, systems engineering, and systems decision making, this text is suitable for students of systems engineering, engineering management, and systems management, as well as for engineering management and systems engineering consultants. Included notes to instructors offer suggestions for using the book in support of undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470934715
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/16/2011
  • Series: Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management , #81
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,255,956
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

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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