AJIBM  Vol.9 No.6 , June 2019
A Proposal for a Predictive Performance Assessment Model in Complex Sociotechnical Systems Combining Fuzzy Logic and the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM)
Modern sociotechnical systems exhibit dynamic and complex behavior, which can be difficult to anticipate, model and evaluate. The perpetually evolving nature and the emergent properties of such systems require a continuous re-evaluation of adopted safety and risk analysis methods to comply with arising challenges and ensure successful performance. One of the interesting methods proposed in recent years is the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM). FRAM adopts a systemic perspective to model sociotechnical systems characterizing non-linear relationships and quality of outcome arising from performance variability and functional resonance. This paper aims to further improve the framework and expand the spectrum of features provided by FRAM through the integration of fuzzy logic. Fuzzy logic offers adequate mathematical tools capable of quantifying qualitative concepts and uncertain information applying comprehensible inference systems based on human judgement. An example of a possible application scenario is included through a simulation of aircraft on-ground deicing operations. The preliminary results of this project present an approach to generate numerical indicators for the quality of outputs, which can allow for a more comprehensible representation of potential performance variability. The presented model, however, requires further validation and optimization work to provide more representative and reliable results.
Cite this paper: Slim, H. and Nadeau, S. (2019) A Proposal for a Predictive Performance Assessment Model in Complex Sociotechnical Systems Combining Fuzzy Logic and the Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM). American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, 9, 1345-1375. doi: 10.4236/ajibm.2019.96089.

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