Capturing Trust as Organizational Uncertainty in a Value-Based Systems Engineering Framework


The design of Large-Scale Complex Engineered Systems (LSCESs), in a System Engineering (SE) framework, generally requires multiple organizations, each with numerous decision makers that must exchange information to realize the system. The difference in beliefs between decision-makers affects the design process for LSCESs. The authors' recent research using Value-Drive Design (VDD) and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) has demonstrated the potential of a preference-driven SE approach that captures critical physical and modeling interactions by the addition of Organization Design (OD) elements to demonstrate the additional impact decision-makers' interactions on the final system. In this paper, the difference in beliefs on information held by decision-makers is explored to identify the extent to which these differences affect the design process. A complex system will be used as a test-bed to demonstrate effects of varied decision-maker beliefs on a system. The goal of this paper is to introduce a methodology to improve value-based systems engineering frameworks.

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2017 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2017 (2017: Oct. 18-21, Huntsville, AL)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering


The authors wish to acknowledge the National Science Foundation (NSF), grants CMMI-1300921 and CMMI-1436285, for partial support of this work.

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Multidisciplinary Design Optimization; Organization Design; Systems Engineering; Uncertainty; Value-Driven Design

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