Readings

WEEK #     REQUIRED READINGS RECOMMENDED READINGS
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  • ESD Internal Symposium: Symposium Committee Overview Paper. 2002.
  • Hughes, Thomas. Rescuing Prometheus: Four Monumental Projects that Changed the Modern World. New York: Vintage Books, 1998. Chap. 3, 4, 5 and 7.
  • ESD Internal Symposium Paper: Mindell on Historical Perspectives on Engineering Systems. 2002.
  • Hughes, Thomas. Networks of Power: Electrification in Western Society: 1880-1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1983.
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  • ESD Internal Symposium: Moses on "The Anatomy of Large Scale Systems." 2002.
  • ESD Internal Symposium: Sterman on Systems Dynamics and Systems Thinking. 2002.
  • Sterman, J. D. "Learning In and About Complex Systems." System Dynamics Review 10, 2-3 (1994): 291-330.
  • Oliva, R., and J. Sterman. "Cutting Corners and Working Overtime: Quality Erosion in the Service Industry." Management Science 47, 7 (2001): 894-914.
  • Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday, 1990. Chap. 6, 10 and Appendix 2.
  • von Bertalanffy, L. General Systems Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications. 1968. Chap. 1 and 2.
  • Flood, R. L., and E. R. Carson. Dealing with Complexity. 1988.
  • Repenning, N., and J. Sterman. "Capability Traps and Self-Confirming Attribution Errors in the Dynamics of Process Improvement." Administrative Science Quarterly (2002).
  • Laszlo, Ervin. The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time. Hampton Press, 1996.
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  • Whitney, D. Chapter 14 from upcoming book.
  • Whitney, D. Nippodenso observations.
  • Pahl, and Beitz. Engineering Design -- A Systematic Approach. 2nd ed. 1996. Chap. 1 and 6.
  • Hubka, and Eder. Theory of Technical Systems. 1988.
  • Blanchard, and Fabrycky. Systems Engineering and Analysis. 1981.
  • Chestnut. Systems Engineering Methods. 1967.
  • Grady, J. O. Systems Requirements Analysis. 1993.
  • Grady, J. O. Systems Integration. 1994.
  • Grady, J. O. System Validation and Verification. 1998.
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  • Carlson, J. M., and J. Doyle. "Complexity and Robustness." P NATL ACAD SCI USA 99: 2538-2545 Supplement 1 (19 Feb. 2002).
  • Csete M., and J. Doyle. "Reverse Engineering of Biological Complexity." Science 295, 5560 (1 Mar. 2002): 1664-1669. 
  • Baumol, William. The Free-Market Innovation Machine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002.
  • Utterback, Jim. Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation. Boston: The Harvard Business School Press, 1996.
  • Clark, Kim, and T. Fujimoto. Product Development Performance Strategy, Organization and Management in the World Auto Industry. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1990.
  • Ulrich, and Eppinger. Product Design & Development. Selections.
  • Otto, and Wood. Product Design. 2001.
  • Suh. Axiomatic Design. 2001.
  • Christianson, Clayton. Innovator's Dilemma.
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  • ESD Internal Symposium: Olivier de Weck on Isoperformance.
  • Lessig. Code. 1999.
  • Galbraith. Organizational Design.
  • Alexander, Ishikawa, and Silverstein. A Pattern Language. 1977.
  • Rechtin, E. System Architecting.
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  • Murman, Earll, Tom Allen, Kirkor Bozdogan, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Hugh McManus, Debbie Nightingale, Eric Rebentisch, Tom Shields, Fred Stahl Myles Walton, Joyce Warmkessel, Stanley Weiss, and Sheila Widnall. Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT's Lean Aerospace Initiative. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002. Chap. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11.
  • Murman, Earll. "Thoughts on System Engineering." 1997.
  • ESD Internal Symposium: Murman, Earll, and Thomas J. Allen. "Engineering Systems: An Aircraft Perspective." 2002.
  • MIT Aero/Astro Department. "Strategic Plan."
  • Rich, B. R., and L. Janos. Skunk Works. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1994.
  • Patillo, D. Pushing the Envelope: The American Aircraft Industry. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 1998.
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  • Holland. Adaptation in Natural and Artificial Systems. 1992.
  • Internal Symposium: Lloyd, Seth. "Complex Systems: A Review."
  • Internal Symposium: Sussman, Joe. "Collected Views on Complexity and Systems."
  • Casti, John. Complex-ification: Exploring a Paradoxical World Through the Science of Surprise. New York: Harper Collins, 1994.
  • Waldrop, M. Mitchell. Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos. 1992.
  • Wolfram. A New Kind of Science.
  • Bak, Per. How Nature Works. 1997.
  • Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity -- multiple volumes.
  • Gell-Mann, Murry. "The Quark and The Jaguar."
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  • Trist, Eric. The Evolution of Socio-Technical Systems. 1982.
  • Thomas Kochan and Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld on Socio-Technical Systems.
  • Ackoff, Russell, and Fred Emery. Purposeful Systems. 1972.
  • Emery, Fred, and Eric Trist. Socio-Technical Systems and Social Ecology. 1973.
  • Pava, Cal. Socio-Technical Systems. 1986.
  • Hackman, Richard. Job Design.
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  • Ben-Haim, Y. Information-Gap Decision Theory. 2001. Chap. 1, 2, 3, 11 and 12.
  • Internal ESD Symposium: Richard De Neufville on "Real Options."
  • Kahneman, Slovic, and K. Tversky. Judgment Under Uncertainty. 1982.
  • Ang, and Tang. "Probability Concepts in Engineering Planning and Design." Vol. 1 Basic Principles. 1975.
  • Larichev, and Moshikovich. Verbal Decision Analysis for Unstructured Problems. 1997.
  • Catalani, M. S., and G. F. Clerico. Decision Making Structures: Dealing with Uncertainty within Organizations. Berlin: Springer Verlag, 1996.
  • Lindberg, H. E. "An Evaluation of Convex Modelling for Multimode Dynamic Buckling." ASME Journal Applied Mechanics 59 (1992): 929-936.
  • Soong, T. T. "Convex Models in Seismic Response of Structures (Approx. title)." Engineering Structures 18, 5: 341-350.
  • Shinozuka. ASCE Journal Engineering Mechanics 96 (1970): 729-738.
  • Ganzerli, S., and C. P. Pantelides. "Optimum Structural Design via Convex Model Superposition." Computers and Structures 74, 6 (2000): 639-647.
  • Pantelides, C. P., and S. Ganzerli. "Design of Trusses under Uncertain Loads Using Convex Models." ASCE Journal Structural Engineering 124, 3 (1998): 318-329.
  • March, James G. "Bounded Rationality, Ambiguity, and the Engineering of Choice." In Decision Making: Descriptive, Normative, and Prescriptive Interactions. Edited by David E. Bell, Howard Raiffa, and Amos Tversky. Cambridge University Press, 1988.
  • Shackle, G. L. S. Epistemics and Economics: A Critique of Economic Doctrines. Transaction Publishers, 1992. Originally published by Cambridge University Press, 1972.
  • Keynes, John Maynard. Treatise on Probability. Especially the chapter on "The Principle of Indifference" (which I think is Chapter 4).
  • Allison, Graham. Essence of a Decision.
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  • Kenneth Oye and Jim Foster on "Public Environmental Regulation and Private Business Risk."
  • Jim Foster on "The Diesel Car Option: Challenges and Opportunities for Competitive Advantage."
  • Lambright. Governing Science and Technology. 1976.
  • Tom Kochan on the "Dunlop Commission."
  • Baumol. The Free-Market Innovation Machine.
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  • Beer, Michael. Organizational Change and Development: A Systems View. Santa Monica, CA: Goodyear Publishing, 1980. Chap. 1, 2 and 3.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, and Kevin Ford. Valuable Disconnects: Integrating the Bold Visions and Harsh Realities of Organizational Learning Systems. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming). Chap. 1, 2 and 3.
  • Hammer, and Champy. Re-engineering the Corporation. 1993. Chap. 1.
  • Tichy, Noel. Managing Strategic Change: Technical, Political and Cultural Dynamics. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1983. Chap. 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Bob Thomas on "Crucibles of Leadership" in the Harvard Business Review (2002).
  • Also see Chapter 4 of Lean Enterprise Value (from earlier reading on Aerospace).
  • Deming, W. Edwards. Out of the Crisis. 1982.
  • Imai, M. Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success. New York: McGraw-Hill,1986.
  • Pande, Neuman, and Cavanagh. Six Sigma. 2000.
  • Thomas, Robert. What Machines Can't Do.
  • Weber. Transforming Large Socio-Technical Systems Toward Sustainability. 2001.
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  • Nye, Joseph. The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone. New York: Oxford University Press, January 2002.
  • Stiglitz, Joseph. Globalization and its Discontents. 2001.
  • Peter Senge on Sustainability in the Sloan Management Review.
  • Michael Piore and Charles Sabel on The Second Industrial Divide (1984).
  • Forester, Jay. Limits to Growth and Urban Dynamics. 1969.
  • Drucker, Peter. Post-Capitalist Society. 1993.
  • Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel, Michio Nitta, Betty Barrett, Nejib Belhedi, Simon Chow, Takashi Inaba, Iwao Ishino, Wen-Jeng Lin, Michael Moore, William Mothersell, Jennifer Palthe, Shobha Ramanand, Mark Strolle, and Arthur Wheaton; with Cheryl Coutchie, Seepa Lee, and Stacia Rabine. Knowledge-Driven Work: Unexpected Lessons from Japanese and United States Work Practices. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Sterman, J. D. and L. Booth Sweeney. "Cloudy Skies: Assessing Public Understanding of Global Warming." System Dynamics Review 18, 4 (2002): 207-240.
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  • Kauffman, Stuart. Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Axelrod. The Complexity of Cooperation. 1997.
  • Epstein, and Axtell. Growing Artificial Societies. 1996. Chap. 1, 2 and 6.
  • Spear, S., and H. K. Bowen. "Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System." The Harvard Business Review 97 (September-October, 1999).
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