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Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management

Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management

Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management
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Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management is a  comprehensive textbook that provides a logical process and analytical techniques for fact-based decision making for the most challenging systems problems. Grounded in systems thinking and based on sound systems engineering principles, the systems decisions process (SDP) leverages multiple objective decision analysis, multiple attribute value theory, and value-focused thinking to define the problem, measure stakeholder value, design creative solutions, explore the decision trade off space in the presence of uncertainty, and structure successful solution implementation. In addition to classical systems engineering problems, this approach has been successfully applied to a wide range of challenges including personnel recruiting, retention, and management; strategic policy analysis; facilities design and management; resource allocation; information assurance; security systems design; and other settings whose structure can be conceptualized as a system. 


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #33990 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-11-16
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x 1.20" w x 6.10" l, 1.95 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 544 pages

Editorial Reviews

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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) 

From the Back Cover

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.

About 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Good reference
By Glenn Hodges
Albeit originally written for the SE department at West Point, this text does a good job filling in some of the holes that other more comprehensive texts (Blanchard and Fabrycky) contain. As someone relatively new to the formal discipline of SE who is working on a PhD, I like this book because it spends less time with fancy language and more time discussing how to execute an SE process. I also like this book because I'm in the military so it is written in a way that I'm used to. This reference rounds out my arsenal of SE texts that also contains Blanchard and Fabrycky and Buede.

I'd recommend this book to people looking to gain a better understanding of the SE process and how to conduct it.

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5Five Stars
By Tom Scheurich
Correct book and arrived quickly.

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