Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

Systems Engineers represent a multicultural community across the globe and other engineering domains

The Vision

The INCOSE vision is “a better world through a systems approach”, and it is at the heart of everything we do. The United Nations sustainable development goals frame what “a better world” means, providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. It is a vision for all people, regardless of gender, nationality, ability, and status in society.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion for a Better World - INCOSE IW 2021

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Successful systems engineering because of the range of contexts in which systems engineering is applied, and the consideration of multiple stakeholder viewpoints at the heart of the systems approach. Systems engineers play a pivotal role in integrating DEI concepts into the team’s composition and approach, and in the system design and development process through:


  1. Ensuring that the systems engineering team and its leadership is inclusive, welcomes a diverse range of talent, promotes cognitive diversity and diversity of ideas, and where necessary takes deliberate action to provide psychological safety and communication equity.
  2. Ensuring that the systems we realize are as accommodating as possible of the differences within the entire stakeholder community.
Failure to address either of these aspects results in sub-optimal outcomes whether in terms of missed solutions, lower productivity, or delivering a system that does not equitably meet the needs of the full range of the stakeholder community – essentially failing to meet the ultimate goal of delivering a total optimal system

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