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Models of Organisational Failure (PCE4)

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor John Dobson, Dr Panos Periorellis



The purpose of this deliverable is to provide a taxonomy of organisational failures, so that there is a basis for analysing some of the possible organisational failure modes resulting from putting together two or more organisational systems, each with its own purpose in its own organisational context, to make a new DSoS. It thus provides a way of examining new emergent failure modes. It also points out possible failure modes that, because they are organisational, cannot be prevented (or tolerated) at the level of the individual technical systems or the technical system that brings them together.discussing a number of results that we received from the case studies in the last few months and since our last deliverable [PCE4]. We will show that in order to address the issues raised by the case studies we need to carefully think about the architecting of a Systems of Systems (SoS). Note here that we are interested not merely in the architecture but in the process of architecting i.e. the rationale behind providing an adequate architecture that addresses the issues surrounding systems of systems i.e. autonomous systems, that are integrated while maintaining their organizational boundaries.

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Author(s): Dobson J, Periorellis P

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2003

Pages: 30

Report Number: CS-TR-801

Institution: School of Computing Science

Place Published: University of Newcastle upon Tyne