Bringing Social Systems Understanding to System Engineering
Evaluate evolving changes to systems engineering processes and practices and develop measures to integrate social and sociotechnical systems understanding at theoretical, applicative and technical levels, in collaboration through outreach initiatives with
the social sciences and interested stakeholder groups.
While the relationship between systems engineering and social science is an area not currently covered in systems engineering
standards, handbooks and textbooks, connections between social systems and systems engineering are deep. Through joint work
with applicable social science disciplines - such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, law, politics, psychology and
sociology - SocWG seeks to 1) normalize the linkage of social science and systems engineering 2) apply sociological principles in the
integration of teams and communities that are engineering systems and 3) improve integration of systems engineering with the
social scientific evaluation of social and socio-technical systems. We aim to develop useful products that foster the understanding
and application of social systems" relevance in systems engineering practice and the development of products for the
implementation of social systems engineering in systems engineering processes. In addition, we aim to highlight, demonstrate and
develop methods for how systems engineering can be applied in the understanding of social systems.
Our objectives at IW23 are:
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