Using Stakeholder Value Analysis to Build Exploration Sustainability
Author(s)Rebentisch, Eric S.; Crawley, Edward F.; Loureiro, Geilson; Dickmann, John Q.; Catanzaro, Sandro N.
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The sustainability of space exploration will depend in large part on its ability to consistently and reliably deliver valued benefits to societal stakeholders over an extended period. This on-going research studies the values of prospective stakeholders in the space exploration enterprise—both in the near term and with a perspective extending over decades. The immediate focus is human and robotic exploration of the Earth/Moon system, but extends to the exploration of Mars as well. Potential beneficiaries of space exploration are identified in broad societal sectors. An analysis of these stakeholders, their values and needs leads to the development of a comprehensive set of space exploration objectives that address those needs. The relative priority of exploration objectives is weighted using information about stakeholder characteristics, values, and their role and place in the exploration value stream. The weighted exploration objectives can then be used to assess the relative value of different technical system architectures, and to design exploration enterprise architecture, attributes and policy frameworks to enable value delivery to societal stakeholders. Ultimately, through stakeholders’ continuing support, sustainable space exploration will be delivered.
space exploration, stakeholder, value, sustainability
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