Design sciences

Enterprise engineering

The ideas behind the emerging discipline of Enterprise Engineering provide a framework that builds upon the view that an enterprise, of which supply chains and product development systems are just two kinds, can be regarded as an organic entity with its own life-cycle and both socio and technical elements. There exists an enterprise realisation process with three key steps: Define, Develop and Deploy. Three aspects of an enterprise need to be realised during an enterprise realisation process: Purpose, Agency and Products and Services.

Enterprise networks sit in the agency row. However they are developed to serve some purpose (in the Purpose row) and deliver products and services (in the Artefact row). Enterprise operating systems link these different facets across the stages of the enterprise realisation process; they are socio-technical systems. The ability of an enterprise to deliver value to stakeholders.

Our goal is to provide tools that offer human practitioners improved support for the design and development of enterprise operating systems in two broad application areas: product-service systems and sustainable industrial systems. It is anticipated that the availability of such simulations will offer real benefits in providing systematic support for business development processes. For example, the ability to simulate a production enterprise operating system would enable the implications of alternative make/buy decisions to be explored.

Research projects include:

  • S4T - Service Support Solutions: Strategy and Transition, EPSRC/BAE SYSTEMS, 2008-2009
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. Prof Mark Henderson, Arizona State University, 2007
  • EPSRC/ESRC Grand Challenge project: Knowledge and Information Management Through Life, EPSRC/ESRC, 2006-2009
  • RAEng VP in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development, 2003-2008
  • Distributed Aircraft Maintenance Environment (DAME). eScience, 2002-2005
  • Virtual Packaging Design Office (VPDO) EPSRC/Teaching Company Scheme with Unilever, Alpla & Raffo Design, 2000-2002
  • Managing Asynchronous Product and Process Structures across the Extended Enterprise (MAPPSEE) EPSRC,1999-2003
  • Packaging Supply Chains: Analysis, Methods Tools and Benchmarking (SCIPI), 1998-2000, EPSRC with the industrial partners of the Faraday Packaging Partnership.

For more information contact: Professor Alison McKay