Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

February 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 2

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Systems Engineering by Ricardo Valerdi

Industrial Engineer's quarterly column about systems engineering (February 2013) 

A system is not just the sum of its parts

It seems like every discipline has its own definition of a system – definitions that depend on what attributes are important in each context. One of the most common definitions of a system is:

Where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts 

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