Handbook of Engineering Systems Design

Anja Maier (Editor), Josef Oehmen (Editor), Pieter E. Vermaas (Editor)

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This handbook charts the new engineering paradigm of engineering systems. It brings together contributions from leading thinkers in the field and discusses the design, management and enabling policy of engineering systems. It contains explorations of core themes including technical and (socio-) organisational complexity, human behaviour and uncertainty. The text includes chapters on the education of future engineers, the way in which interventions can be designed, and presents a look to the future.

This book follows the emergence of engineering systems, a new engineering paradigm that will help solve truly global challenges. This global approach is characterised by complex sociotechnical systems that are now co-dependent and highly integrated both functionally and technically as well as by a realisation that we all share the same: climate, natural resources, a highly integrated economical system and a responsibility for global sustainability goals. The new paradigm and approach requires the (re)designing of engineering systems that take into account the shifting dynamics of human behaviour, the influence of global stakeholders, and the need for system integration.

The text is a reference point for scholars, engineers and policy leaders who are interested in broadening their current perspective on engineering systems design and in devising interventions to help shape societal futures.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages1000
ISBN (Electronic)9783030460549
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2022


  • engineering
  • engineering design
  • engineering systems
  • engineering systems design
  • engineering systems management
  • engineering management
  • design
  • systems design
  • policy
  • interventions
  • futures
  • systems thinking
  • systems perspective
  • systems
  • behaviour


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