Title: A metasystem perspective and implications for governance

Authors: Bry Carter

Addresses: Old Dominion University, P.O. Box 16184, Chesapeake, VA 23328, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore a metasystem perspective and implications for governance of complex systems. Governance of complex systems is the set of functions that manage the system to achieve its goals while the system experiences change. A metasystem perspective is essential to understanding the factors affecting system governance and in defining the minimum critical specifications for governance of a complex system or system of systems. This paper explores metasystem perspectives and identifies implications for governance to better understand metasystem functions. The paper concludes with recommendations for further research in complex system governance.

Keywords: metasystem perspective; governance implications; metasystem functions; systems theory; system of systems engineering; SoSE; complex systems; system governance; minimum critical specifications; MCS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSE.2015.068807

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, 2015 Vol.6 No.1/2, pp.90 - 100

Received: 01 Oct 2014
Accepted: 27 Oct 2014

Published online: 13 Apr 2015 *

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