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How to develop and deploy system integrators within component-focused engineering organizations

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dc.contributor.advisor Jan Klein. en_US Stevens, Michelle P., 1974- en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US 2006-11-08T16:43:19Z 2006-11-08T16:43:19Z 2005 en_US 2005 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design & Management Program, 2005. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 76-78). en_US
dc.description.abstract Thesis statement: The purpose of this thesis is to provide a roadmap for how a component-focused engineering company can effectively introduce system integrators in their organization. To this end, the question of how to analytically identify the necessary skills and characteristics of an ideal system integrator will be addressed. In this thesis, it is assumed that a company is currently component-focused and trying to migrate towards system-focused product development, or that previous efforts to transition to systems thinking have not yet been effective. It is also assumed that there are system-level issues that have emerged in current or past products, such that a need for System Integrators (SIs) is recognized. This thesis will not address the issue of how a company determines whether or not SIs are required for their organization, but will help companies effectively identify, develop, and deploy SIs given that they are needed. In other words, a framework that outlines the necessary elements for successful introduction and sustainment of SIs will be developed. These key elements contain both technical and organizational/cultural aspects, providing a holistic approach to the institutionalization of SIs. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Michelle P. Stevens. en_US
dc.format.extent 84 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title How to develop and deploy system integrators within component-focused engineering organizations en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 60495985 en_US

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