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A Systems Approach to Establishing an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
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Systems 2019, 7(3), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems7030041
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 9 August 2019 / Accepted: 13 August 2019 / Published: 16 August 2019
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Abstract

Systems engineering is a methodology where an interdisciplinary approach is applied, using systems thinking, to the development of a system of interest. The systems engineering discipline has emerged as an effective way to guide the engineering of complex systems, but has been applied most readily in the realm of cyber physical systems. In some circles of the Federal Government, the mention of systems engineering processes immediately leads people to think of a long, inefficient effort due to an often applied bureaucratic approach, where the focus is on documentation rather than the development of the system of interest, which comes from a view that the product of the systems engineering effort is the document, not the system itself. In this paper, the authors describe the application of systems thinking and the systems engineering process to the design and creation of an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII, part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation) established under Department of Defense (DoD) authority for the Office of the President, that was swift, efficient, and implemented without formality. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital manufacturing; National Network for Manufacturing Innovation; advanced manufacturing institutes; organizational design; systems thinking; systems engineering process digital manufacturing; National Network for Manufacturing Innovation; advanced manufacturing institutes; organizational design; systems thinking; systems engineering process
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Harris, G.; Caudle, L. A Systems Approach to Establishing an Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Systems 2019, 7, 41.

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