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Towards a Metamodel to Support the Joint Optimization of Socio Technical Systems

Institute of Socio Technical Systems Research, Edinburgh EH16 5XR, UK
Systems 2014, 2(3), 273-296; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems2030273
Received: 30 January 2014 / Revised: 22 May 2014 / Accepted: 6 June 2014 / Published: 25 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engineering Socio-Technical Systems)
Designing and implementing functional Socio Technical Systems (STS) is becoming increasingly important, as technologies become more pervasive and critical to everyday life. Socio technical systems are said to be efficient and useful when they are “jointly optimized” yet few system designers understand what joint optimization is, and how to achieve it. The paper explains the core tenets of Joint Optimization and identifies the need for artifacts to support the built in design of joint optimization in socio technical systems from the early stages of development. JOM (Joint Optimization Metamodel) is proposed, as a cognitive artifact to help conceptualize and model joint optimization, and five types of JO are identified resulting from conceptual evaluation of the metamodel. View Full-Text
Keywords: socio technical system; joint optimization; metamodel socio technical system; joint optimization; metamodel
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Di Maio, P. Towards a Metamodel to Support the Joint Optimization of Socio Technical Systems. Systems 2014, 2, 273-296.

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