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

作者: Howard E McCurdy
出版商: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993.
叢書: 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  再讀一些...
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類型/形式: History
其他的實體格式: Online version:
McCurdy, Howard E.
Inside NASA.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)644069109
文件類型: 圖書
所有的作者/貢獻者: Howard E McCurdy
ISBN: 0801844525 9780801844522 0801849756 9780801849756
OCLC系統控制編碼: 25916087
獎賞: Winner of Society for History in the Federal Government Henry Adams Prize 1995.
描述: xiv, 215 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
内容: 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.
叢書名: New series in NASA history.
責任: Howard E. McCurdy.
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From the author of "The Space Station Decision: Incremental Politics and Technological Choice", this book provides a history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a study of both  再讀一些...

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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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