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Trends in Occurrences of Systems Engineering Topics in Literature

Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, 35899, USA
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Systems 2019, 7(2), 28;
Received: 26 March 2019 / Revised: 3 May 2019 / Accepted: 21 May 2019 / Published: 30 May 2019
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Examining past research using content analysis can provide detailed information about the trends a discipline has displayed over years or decades. Disciplines such as software engineering and hospitality management have used methods for analyzing topic frequencies in the past. This paper uses similar methods to study the presence of systems engineering topics in literature to understand the occurrence of approaches and metrics in the community over time. This paper reviews the trends of systems engineering topics over the years 1998–2016 by performing a content analysis of four systems engineering and design engineering journals. A mathematical analysis of the trends is performed using rank ordering and a rank correlation metric. The study shows that model-based approaches have grown significantly since the early 2000s, as advocated in the INOCSE MBSE initiative, while other approaches such as Taguchi’s method and axiomatic design have been seen less frequently in literature. Systems engineering metrics that have been frequently seen in literature include complexity, reliability, and quality. The results from this research provide a portrait of the systems engineering landscape. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems engineering; content analysis; trends systems engineering; content analysis; trends

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