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Inside NASA : high technology and organizational change in the U.S. space program

Autore: Howard E McCurdy
Editore: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993.
Serie: New series in NASA history.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration began its space flight program in October of 1958 by launching the 84-pound Pioneer I space probe. Scarcely a decade later, in July of 1969, NASA amazed the world by landing the first humans on the Moon. In the two decades that followed, however, the agency appeared to lose both its vigor and its creativity. Inside NASA explores how an agency praised for its  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: History
Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
McCurdy, Howard E.
Inside NASA.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)644069109
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Howard E McCurdy
ISBN: 0801844525 9780801844522 0801849756 9780801849756
Numero OCLC: 25916087
Riconoscimenti: Winner of Society for History in the Federal Government Henry Adams Prize 1995.
Descrizione: xiv, 215 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contenuti: Introduction: NASA's Organizational Culture --
1. Building Blocks. The Research Laboratories. The Rocket Engineers. Human Space Flight. The Science Centers. A Confederation of Cultures --
2. Root Assumptions. Research and Testing. In-House Technical Capability. Hands-On Experience. Exceptional People --
3. Breaking Barriers. Risk and Failure. Frontier Mentality. The First Generation --
4. Becoming Conventional. Organizing for Apollo. Aging and Organizational Chance. Decreasing Flexibility. Increasing Bureaucracy. Growing More Conservative. Fighting for Survival. Weakening Organization --
5. Losing the Technical Culture. Contracting Out. Going Operational. Flight Testing. Risk and Technology. The Distance Thesis and Exceptional Employees --
Conclusion: Governmental Performance and Cultural instability. NASA's Original Culture. Organizational Culture and Change. Culture and Performance --
Appendix: NASA Culture Survey --
Essay on Sources.
Titolo della serie: New series in NASA history.
Responsabilità: Howard E. McCurdy.
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"McCurdy is surely on the right track. His valuable book makes the literature on organizational cultures accessible and reveals newways to look at high-technology agencies."--'Nature'

 
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