My Ph.D. project is part of the System Integration in Railway Advancement (SIRA) project, which is an ongoing project that is part of the Maintenance Management Group within the DPM department.
In the SIRA project, we are a total of four Ph.D. candidates focusing our efforts on finding solutions for system integration issues that are both relevant for practice and science. More information on the SIRA project can be found here: https://integration.engineering/ . The topic of my project within SIRA is: "Decision-making towards system integration goals: Collaborative projects in the Dutch railway system".My research efforts focus on investigating the shared decision-making process in the railway ecosystem. The main ecosystem stakeholders are the infrastructure manager, ProRail, and the railway operator, NS. Due to their different interests and high interdependencies, these stakeholders have to collaborate in order to find mutually supported solutions for the whole system. At the moment, the process of preparing mutually supported decisions is rather ad-hoc and unstructured. Therefore, the aim of this research project is twofold. 1) The practical aim is supporting the project team in the identification of suitable decision-making approaches depending on the project situation and external influences. These decision-making approaches should aim in facilitating the project stakeholders in managing their different interests in situations of high dependency. 2) The theoretical aim is enhancing our understanding of the suitability of various decision-making approaches in the context of the railway ecosystem where the interrelated problems of organizational conflict, system complexity, and stakeholder dependency are present. Moreover, we want to design principles that address these issues and test them in the context of the Dutch railway ecosystem.
- Master Class Maintenance Engineering & Management (2019)
- Master Class FMEA within Master Risk Management (2019)
- Master Course Safety by Design (2018/2019)