Systems Engineering, Systems Thinking, and Learning

A Case Study in Space Industry

  • Hubert Anton Moser

Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-19
  2. Introduction of the Research Project

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  3. Analysis and Findings of the Empirical Studies

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  4. Results, Intervention, and Contributions

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-326

About this book


This book focuses on systems engineering, systems thinking, and how that thinking can be learned in practice. It describes a novel analytical framework based on activity theory for understanding how systems thinking evolves and how it can be improved to support multidisciplinary teamwork in the context of system development and systems engineering. This method, developed using data collected over four years from three different small space systems engineering organizations, can be applied in a wide variety of work activities in the context of engineering design and beyond in order to monitor and analyze multidisciplinary interactions in working teams over time. In addition, the book presents a practical strategy called WAVES (Work Activity for a Evolution of Systems engineering and thinking), which fosters the practical learning of systems thinking with the aim of improving process development in different industries. The book offers an excellent resource for researchers and practitioners interested in systems thinking and in solutions to support its evolution. Beyond its contribution to a better understanding of systems engineering, systems thinking and how it can be learned in real-world contexts, it also introduce a suitable analysis framework that helps to bridge the gap between the latest social science research and engineering research.



Activity Theory Emergent Behaviour Interaction in Multidisciplinary Teams Knowledge Management in Space Industry Microspace Missions Multidisciplinary System Development Space Mission Lifecycle Space Systems Engineering Theme-and-key-event Analysis Work Activity for a Versatile Evolution of Sys. Eng. & Thinking

Authors and affiliations

  • Hubert Anton Moser
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  1. 1.LuxSpace SàrlBetzdorfLuxembourg

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03894-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03895-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-0832
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0840
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