The Emergence Approach to Design Decision Making in Innovative Complex Engineering Systems

Mikhail Yurievich Nikolaev, Clement Fortin

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The paper presents a modification of the value decision-making approach, named the emergence approach, developed to make decisions in designing innovative complex engineering systems, also called technological innovations of new complex systems. Their design and development is a relevant topic nowadays that cannot be done traditionally due to the necessity to consider innovativeness and the increasing complexity of systems. For design decision making, consideration of innovativeness typically lies in applying mathematical operations, which may lead to a worse understanding of the procedure by all decision-makers as they can include non-technical specialists. This paper proposes another solution based on implementing systems emergent properties. These properties represent higher systems functionality than just the sum of functionalities of systems elements. They allow reaching systems values and consider innovativeness and complexity as complementary features of innovative complex engineering systems. A decision-making approach based on reaching systems values through emergent properties was named the emergence approach. It uses the systems thinking ontology of emergent properties for complex engineering systems as instrumentation for design decision making and avoids deterioration of decision-making procedure understanding by its participants. The paper starts with the overview of approaches applicable to design decision making in technological innovations, continues with the formulation of the emergence approach, highlighting its aspects, and finishes with proof of validity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Research 2021, ICER 2021
EditorsVera V. Galishnikova, Nikolai I. Vatin, Peter-Jan Pahl, Dmitry Koroteev, Makhmud Kharun
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735443792
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2022
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Research 2021, ICER 2021 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: 20 Oct 202122 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Research 2021, ICER 2021
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation


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