Structure of the book.
Managers are expected to cope with ever-changing complexity and diversity. They are asked to tackle a much greater diversity of problems learning from previous failures. This book provides managers with a bird’s eye view learning from various approaches through utilizing system of system methodologies (SOSM). In order to promote holistic view and promote creativity, Jackson [1, 2] introduced SOSM. SOSM classifies the world of objects into two dimensions: systems and participants. The system dimension has two domains: simple and complex. The participant dimension has three domains: unitary, plural, and coercive. On this basis, holistic approaches can be classified into four types (Figure 1):
Systems approaches for improving goal seeking and viability.
Systems approaches for exploring purposes.
Systems approaches for ensuring purposes.
Systems approaches for promoting diversity.
2. System of system failures (SOSF)
In the Preface, the editor noted that this book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in engineering safety by holistically examining system failures for the purpose of preventing further occurrence of system failures. This provides managers a practical reflection to be able to bring to bear, on the complex, diverse and rapidly changing problem situations they confront, holistic approaches based on the variety of possible perspectives.
3. The structure of the book
A short conclusion closes the argument. In this introductory chapter, the editor sought to make clear the structure of the book and the logic underlying that structure. The book structure is summarized by SOSM in Table 1.
|Improving goal seeking and viability||Chapter 2||System and Component Failure From Electrical Overstress and Electrostatic Discharge|
|Chapter 3||Vibration Strength of Pipelines|
|Chapter 4||Probabilistic Methods of Failure Assessment in Aeronautical Engineering Exploring purposes|
|Exploring purposes||Chapter 5||Failures in a Critical Infrastructure System|
|Chapter 6||Dealing with Uncertainties in A System-of-Systems: Assessing the Robustness of Energy Infrastructure Investments|