Topics in Systems

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September 2012
9781936420247
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    30th September 2012
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September 2012
9781938549519
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    4th September 2012
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This book looks at many types of systems from various points of view, dealing with such topics as: how they are created, their features, how they serve us, the roles of the human, the systems approach, systems thinking, how we can maximize the benefits they provide, how to repair them, and how we are able to use them to solve our problems and improve our overall quality of life. This book is designed for engineers as well as all readers that are interested in the systems around them and their roles with respect to these systems. It is a broad-stroke overview of system level concepts and how they connect to one another. It includes fundamental notions related to types of systems, their attributes, their architectures, and their performance. It is hoped that this exploration of various kinds of systems will provide some insights that increase the help we get from the systems we build, and also reduce the number of systems that are not working for us.

1) Introduction
2) Systems
3) Engineering
4) Systems Engineering
5) Systems Analysis
6) Educating
7) Entrepreneuring
8) The Human Element
9) Changing and Fixing Systems
10) Business as a System
11) Slippages in Systems
12) Managing Systems
13) Integrating Systems
14) Commentary and Heuristics
15) Recapitulation

Appendix: Systems Thinkers

Howard Eisner

Howard Eisner has served as Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University (GWU) since 1989. Prior to that time he spent 30 years in industry where he was a researcher, manager and executive, serving as president of two systems engineering companies. He has written five books that relate to systems and engineering. In 1994, he received the GWU Engineering Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement.