System Frameworks

Presented at CSER 2004

Joseph J. Simpson

Abstract: The activities associated with systems engineering are closely associated with problem solving and complexity reduction. Many claims are made about the benefits of systems engineering, both for complexity reduction and complexity management. This paper will explore the relationship between systems, meta-systems, complexity types, complexity measures and complexity reduction. The primary thesis of this paper relates to systems engineering as a method to reduce complexity. A system “abstraction frame” concept is developed and used as a device to support the analysis and measurement of complexity associated with systems and systems engineering. Meta-systems concepts are explored for use as a mechanism to further describe systems engineering activities and also as a basis for the development of a systems definition framework.

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