A systems engineering framework for small scale rural community engagement projects: A case study

Rene Naidoo, Johan Meyer, Sune von Solms

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Abstract

Small scale rural community engagement projects which are conducted by engineers fail on occasions as a result of a range of factors such as poor management, a lack of monitoring and evaluation and most importantly, not taking into account social elements. A structured approach on conducting small scale rural community engagement projects is hypothesized in this paper as a solution to improve the success of small scale rural community engagement projects. The paper shows the design of a Systems Engineering framework for the conducting of small scale rural community engagement projects, incorporating social elements and verification procedures to assess the strengths and weaknesses of such projects which could assist in ensuring project success. The framework was applied to a case study and validated on an applicable rural community - based project. An impact assessment was conducted and data analyzed statistically, proved the validity of the framework through means of measuring indicators. The impact assessment revealed that further work was required in the area of maintenance and knowledge transfer but was successful in meeting the needs of the community and dealing with social issues while the framework was being applied to the community-based project, Gwakwani.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Volume2018
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Pretoria, IEOM 2018 -
Duration: 29 Oct 20181 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Impact assessment
  • Small scale rural community engagement projects
  • Social development
  • Systems Engineering framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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