A work-centered perspective on research needs for systems engineering with models

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Abstract

Compared to document-based systems engineering (SE) models, IT-enabled ones can introduce radical changes in how SE is practiced. Such models are increasingly important today, but how well do we understand their use, impact, and issues? Real-world cases are helpful but tell us little about how and why models work (or don't), their suitability for a particular context, or how to guide selection a nd use. Lacking sound knowledge and theory, we cannot assess the value of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) [1] or predict its outcomes [2]. Instead, we rely on heuristics and judgment, e.g., to make process tailoring decisions [3]. Our motivations include identifying core research needs, provoking discussion on key issues and questions [4] and generating interest by applied and theoretical researchers, including from outside engineering. Other authors have noted that SE would benefit from broader research methodologies and methods (e.g., [5]; [6]) and greater participation by non-e ng ineering disciplines (e.g., [2]; [7]). This paper identifies MBSE research topics culled from literature and briefly discusses some key ones based on a work-centered organizational approach with the goal of sparking interest in foundational research. © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Murphy, L., & Collopy, P. (2012). A work-centered perspective on research needs for systems engineering with models. In Procedia Computer Science (Vol. 8, pp. 315–320). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2012.01.066

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