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|Title: ||Managing knowledge for capability engineering|
|Authors: ||Dogan, Huseyin|
|Keywords: ||Capability engineering|
Systems of systems
|Issue Date: ||2013|
|Publisher: ||© Huseyin Dogan|
|Abstract: ||The enterprises that deliver capability are trying to evolve into through-life businesses
by shifting away from the traditional pattern of designing and manufacturing successive
generations of products, towards a new paradigm centred on support, sustainability and
the incremental enhancements of existing capabilities from technology insertions and
changes to process. The provision of seamless through-life customer solutions depends
heavily on management of information and knowledge between, and within the different
parts of the supply chain enterprise.
This research characterised and described Capability Engineering (CE) as applied in the
defence enterprise and identified to BAE Systems important considerations for
managing knowledge within that context.
The terms Capability Engineering and Through Life Capability Management (TLCM),
used synonymously in this thesis, denote a complex evolving domain that requires new
approaches to better understand the different viewpoints, models and practices.
The findings and novelty of this research is demonstrated through the following
Defined the problem space that Requirements Engineers can use in through-life
Made a contribution to the development of models for Systems Architects to
enable them to incorporate ‘soft’ systems within their consideration.
Independently developed a TLCM activity model against which BAE Systems
validated the BAE Systems TLCM activity model, which is now used by UK
Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Developed, and published within INCOSE1, the INCOSE Capability
Engineering ontology. Through the novel analysis of a directly applicable case study, highlighted to
Functional Delivery Managers the significance of avoiding the decoupling of
information and knowledge in the context of TLCM.
Through experimentation and knowledge gained within this research, identified
inadequacies in the TechniCall (rapid access to experts) service which led to the
generation of requirements for an improved service which is now being
implemented by BAE Systems.
The results showed that managing knowledge is distinct when compared to information
management. Over-reliance on information management in the absence of tacit
knowledge can lead to a loss in the value of the information, which can result in
unintended consequences. Capability is realised through a combination of component
systems and Capability Engineering is equivalent to a holistic perspective of Systems
Engineering. A sector-independent Capability Engineering ontology is developed to
enable semantic interoperability between different domains i.e. defence, rail and
information technology. This helped to better understand the dependencies of
contributing component systems within defence, and supported collaboration across
different domains. Although the evaluation of the ontology through expert review has
been accomplished; the ontology, KM analysis framework and soft systems
transitioning approach developed still need to undergo independent verification and
validation. This requires application to other case studies to check and exploit their
This Engineering Doctorate research has been disseminated through a number of peer
|Description: ||A dissertation thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree, at Loughborough University.|
|Sponsor: ||BAE Systems; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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