Decision Making for Sustainable Technical Applications with the SMH Approach

Philipp Kranabitl*, Clemens Faustmann, Hannes Hick

*Korrespondierende/r Autor/-in für diese Arbeit

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Decision-making is becoming more and more challenging due to the rise in complexity ofmodern technical products. A lot of industries are currently at a crossroads, and a wrong strategicor technical decision may have disastrous consequences for the future of the company. Within thispaper, the SMH approach, that supports decision making processes to put emphasis on sustainablesolutions regarding strategic and technical aspects, is introduced. SMH is an acronym that standsfor a decision making approach that includes systems thinking (S), model-based systems engineering (M) and the human factor (H). This approach deals with the challenge to consider overall boundary conditions and interactions of the system, the decision which models need to be built in orderto have the best data support possible, and the identification what influence the human factor playsin analyzing the data and the consequent decision making based on it. The importance of the humanfactor is often neglected in technical processes, which may lead to costly mistakes. This theoreticalapproach is applied to the use case of a chief executive officer (CEO) who has to decide on allocationof research and development (R&D) resources to future powertrain technologies.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Aug. 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ingenieurwesen (insg.)
  • Entscheidungswissenschaften (sonstige)
  • Umweltwissenschaften (sonstige)
  • Geografie, Planung und Entwicklung
  • Energieanlagenbau und Kraftwerkstechnik
  • Management, Monitoring, Politik und Recht
  • Erneuerbare Energien, Nachhaltigkeit und Umwelt


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