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Tuesday, July 24 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Plenary: Charles Keating (INCOSE & Old Dominion University) - Complex System Governance: Concept, Utility and Challenge

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Prof. Charles Keating
We constantly hear the mantra that our systems (education, transportation, energy, defense, security, healthcare, etc.) are failing. In contrast, Complex System Governance (CSG) starts from the premise that our systems are not failing us, we are failing our systems. In response, CSG seeks to better understand and respond to underlying sources of ‘deep system failure’. CSG views system failures as stemming from violations of the laws of system science and cybernetics. This viewpoint opens the possibility for a different level of thinking and corresponding decisions, actions, and interpretations in response to failure. CSG is not offered as a ‘silver bullet’ or ‘magic elixir’ promising to cure all ills of failing complex systems. Instead, CSG seeks improved system performance through purposeful design, execution, and evolution of essential system functions. These functions are performed by all complex systems, are governed by inescapable systems laws, and are directly responsible for all system behavior and performance. This discussion of CSG explores four major themes: (1) The nature of the problem domain that our systems must confront, (2) An alternative view of system failure and some ineffective popular responses, (3) Introduction to CSG as an emerging approach to stop failing our systems, and (4) three critical challenges we must address to get out of the mess.

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Prof. Charles Keating 

Professor, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University
Chuck is a Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering department at Old Dominion University. A faculty member since 1994, he also serves as the Director for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE) and focuses on teaching and research in... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am
02 Cascade Ballroom Oregon State University, CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 Southwest 26th Street, Corvallis, OR, USA

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