Appendix C. A Value-Based Theory of Systems Engineering

The INCOSE definition of “systems engineering” is “an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems.” The value-based theory of systems engineering presents necessary and sufficient conditions for realizing a successful system and elaborates them into an executable process. The theory and process are illustrated on a supply-chain system example, and evaluated with respect to criteria for a good theory.


A good deal of discussion around the development of the INCOSE Technical Vision [1] has been concerned with the following questions:

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