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Mapping the human systems integration perspectives to systems resilience in critical infrastructure systems

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a key engineering activity within Systems Engineering (SE), it is transdisciplinary, cutting across technology, people and organisation. HSI considers the integration of various human-focussed perspectives (e.g. human factors engineering, competency, training, workforce planning, occupational health and safety, organisational culture, social systems, etc.) but also the integration of these viewpoints within the broader set of SE activities. The frequency and magnitude of recent adverse events such as pandemic, security breaches, and environmental disaster have brought the consideration of systems resilience to the fore, in particular when considering critical infrastructure systems. The aim of the research was two-fold; firstly, as a supportive framework and taxonomy from which to consider the systems resilience principles from the HSI dimension and secondly, to reinforce the importance of taking a sociotechnical approach to systems resilience. This paper outlines efforts to map the HSI perspectives against a set of key systems resilience principles using the critical infrastructure domain as a system of focus. Workshops were held to trial the effectiveness of using such a mapping to spur further discussions, with initial findings being positive for practitioners or those familiar with HSI and/or systems resilience, however there was difficulty in understanding the taxonomies for novice attendees who had not been exposed to either axis of the mapping prior. The workshops also yielded a set of emerging issues for HSI in systems resilience (ranked by perceived difficulty and perceived importance). This paper seeks to ignite further discussion in the HSI community and add to the momentum around systems resilience in SE.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Kennedy, G. (2021). Mapping the human systems integration perspectives to systems resilience in critical infrastructure systems. In https://search.informit.org/doi/book/10.3316/informit.9781925627527 (pp. 201-210). Brisbane: Informit. doi:10.3316/informit.122207990918852

Web Of Science Accession Number


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 201

End Page


  • 210

Abstract


  • Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a key engineering activity within Systems Engineering (SE), it is transdisciplinary, cutting across technology, people and organisation. HSI considers the integration of various human-focussed perspectives (e.g. human factors engineering, competency, training, workforce planning, occupational health and safety, organisational culture, social systems, etc.) but also the integration of these viewpoints within the broader set of SE activities. The frequency and magnitude of recent adverse events such as pandemic, security breaches, and environmental disaster have brought the consideration of systems resilience to the fore, in particular when considering critical infrastructure systems. The aim of the research was two-fold; firstly, as a supportive framework and taxonomy from which to consider the systems resilience principles from the HSI dimension and secondly, to reinforce the importance of taking a sociotechnical approach to systems resilience. This paper outlines efforts to map the HSI perspectives against a set of key systems resilience principles using the critical infrastructure domain as a system of focus. Workshops were held to trial the effectiveness of using such a mapping to spur further discussions, with initial findings being positive for practitioners or those familiar with HSI and/or systems resilience, however there was difficulty in understanding the taxonomies for novice attendees who had not been exposed to either axis of the mapping prior. The workshops also yielded a set of emerging issues for HSI in systems resilience (ranked by perceived difficulty and perceived importance). This paper seeks to ignite further discussion in the HSI community and add to the momentum around systems resilience in SE.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Kennedy, G. (2021). Mapping the human systems integration perspectives to systems resilience in critical infrastructure systems. In https://search.informit.org/doi/book/10.3316/informit.9781925627527 (pp. 201-210). Brisbane: Informit. doi:10.3316/informit.122207990918852

Web Of Science Accession Number


Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 201

End Page


  • 210