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The Challenger launch decision : risky technology, culture, and deviance at NASA

Author: Diane Vaughan
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
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When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986, millions of Americans became bound together in a single, historic moment. Many still vividly remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the tragedy. In The Challenger Launch Decision, Diane Vaughan recreates the steps leading up to that fateful decision, contradicting conventional interpretations to prove that what  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Vaughan, Diane.
Challenger launch decision.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996
(DLC) 95039858
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Vaughan
ISBN: 9780226851785 0226851788
OCLC Number: 55719694
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 575 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. The Eve of the Launch --
2. Learning Culture, Revising History --
3. Risk, Work Group Culture, and the Normalization of Deviance --
4. The Normalization of Deviance, 1981-1984 --
5. The Normalization of Deviance, 1985 --
6. The Culture of Production --
7. Structural Secrecy --
8. The Eve of the Launch Revisited --
9. Conformity and Tragedy --
10. Lessons Learned --
Appendix A Cost/Safety Trade-Offs? Scrapping the Escape Rockets and the SRB Contract Award Decision --
Appendix B Supporting Charts and Documents --
Appendix C On Theory Elaboration, Organizations, and Historical Ethnography.
Responsibility: Diane Vaughan.

Abstract:

When the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986, millions of Americans became bound together in a single, historic moment. Many still vividly remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard about the tragedy. In The Challenger Launch Decision, Diane Vaughan recreates the steps leading up to that fateful decision, contradicting conventional interpretations to prove that what occurred at NASA was not skulduggery or misconduct but a disastrous mistake. Journalists and investigators have historically cited production problems and managerial wrong-doing as th.

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