Systems practice in engineering: reflections on doctoral level systems supervision

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Abstract

The Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Systems, a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Bath, offers an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Systems Programme which is aimed at high-calibre engineers from graduate level to early/mid-career stage with the purpose of developing the systems-thinking capabilities of future leaders in industry. Research Engineers on this programme are based ~75% of their time in industry and focussed on a research project defined by their sponsoring company. This paper presents a personal reflection on the role of the systems supervisor on this programme with a focus on four areas of particular interest to the author i) alignment of industry needs and academic research, ii) developing an appreciation for the need for systems thinking, iii) navigating the systems literature, and iv) teaching research methods for doctoral research in systems. The purpose is to encourage and engage in debate on the development of systems practice in engineering.
Translated title of the contributionSystems Practice in Engineering: Reflections on Doctoral Level Systems Supervision
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2011
Event55th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences - Hull, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jul 2011 → …

Bibliographical note

Editors: Wilby, J
Publisher: International Society for the Systems Sciences
Name and Venue of Conference: 55th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. University of Hull Business School, UK
Conference Organiser: International Society for the Systems Sciences
Rose publication type: Conference contribution

Sponsorship: This research was supported in part by the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Systems (EP/C537556/1 and EP/G037353/1)

Contributor (Other): International Society for the Systems Sciences

Keywords

  • systems practice in engineering
  • systems thinking
  • engineering doctorate
  • education
  • systems practice

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