The Impact of Technical Complexity on the Decision to Collaborate and Combine Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper, we investigate how technical complexity affects the decision to collaborate or combine. First, we discuss a model that mimics the system architecting process that was used on the National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). Next, we present a metric that can be used to assess technical complexity and risk during the early system architecting phase of a program. We combine our technical complexity metric and additional measures of lifecycle cost and requirement satisfaction to evaluate a large tradespace of joint and single-agency, single-mission system architectures that we generate with our NPOESS model. Finally, we illustrate how agencies' decisions to collaborate and combine depend highly on agency preference, on the cost of collaboration, and on the final system architecture that is selected. 2013 IEEE.

name of conference

  • 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Dwyer, M., Selva, D., Cameron, B., Crawley, E., & Szajnfarber, Z.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Dwyer, Morgan||Selva, Daniel||Cameron, Bruce||Crawley, Edward||Szajnfarber, Zoe

publication date

  • January 2013