This module can only be taken as part of the Systems Engineering MSc or as an elective of the Defence and Security Programme
Successful integration and practice of systems engineering within a business environment requires a wider knowledge and understanding of the strategic management and business processes of the organisation and wider enterprise. Spanning a wide range of individual disciplines, enterprise management is used to ensure that all business activity is planned, managed and delivered to achieve strategic aims, objectives and goals.

The interdisciplinary nature and wide-ranging applicability of systems engineering means there are inevitable touch points and integration requirements to ensure the enterprise can continue to deliver and meet its overarching goals and requirements.

This module critically examines the relevance of underpinning theories and practice across the enterprise management domain from a systems engineering perspective. Taking a capability- and effects-based context, it aims to provide the systems engineer with extended knowledge of the wider business environment within which the systems life-cycle sits, and how systems engineering application itself requires systems thinking and practice to successfully integrate it within wider business and management processes and approaches.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£920 - Accredited Short Course fee

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Differentiate the contributions that systems engineering and allied disciplines each make to deliver successful business outcomes.
  • Formulate and apply appropriate operations and relationship management theory to solve enterprise systems problems.
  • Create Mission Analysis models using scenario based modelling, to explore enterprise needs.
  • Create and manage an integrated cross-discipline aware, outcome-focused systems programme in the context of the wider business environment.

Core content

Unit 1 – Enterprises, Architectures and Lifecycles

  • Defining the Enterprise
  • Lifecycles, Process and Standardisation
  • Enterprise Architectures

Unit 2 – Model Based Concept Definition

  • Overview of how an Enterprise explores possible problems within its overall strategy, working with diverse stakeholders to balance their needs, enterprise goals, technology maturity and wider issues and regulations
  • Using Mission Analysis (MA) scenario modelling and OA to define problem context and stakeholder needs

Unit 3 – Operations Management and Systems Engineering

  • Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
  • Finance and Commercial Decision Making
  • Capability Thinking
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Risk Management

Unit 4 – Strategy, Integration and Practice

  • Strategic Management
  • Enterprise-level Integration
  • The Dynamic Enterprise


  • Mr Matt Summers

Location and travel

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

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Campus address

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