Determination of stakeholders' consensus over values of system of systems

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This paper focuses on one of the earliest steps in System of Systems (SoS) design aiming to meaningfully determine stakeholders’ values or preferences. It recommends the plural problem definition and dynamic construction of stakeholder’s values in the front end of design process. It suggests a method based on the probability theory to embed flexibility and tolerance, and construct a basic framework for collecting, processing and combining uncertain information. This study uses a graphical tool to facilitate communication and probabilistically utilize the stakeholders’ values. It introduces the “degree of consensus” as a metric to rank the identified values. This metric represents the consent of stakeholders on SoS values used for example in its architecture, design decisions, or alternative evaluation. The paper explains the mathematical formulation and presents an application example for design of a mobile meteorological station as a part of a world program for dealing with the global warming.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 9th international conference on system of systems engineering (SOSE), Adelaide, Australia, June 9-13
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2014
Event9th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2014 - Stamford Grand, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 9 Jun 201413 Jun 2014
Conference number: 9


Conference9th System of Systems Engineering Conference, SoSE 2014
Abbreviated titleSOSE
Internet address


  • METIS-303929
  • IR-91290


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