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Organizational learning at NASA : the Challenger and Columbia accidents

Author: Julianne Mahler; Maureen Hogan Casamayou
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2009.
Series: Public management and change.
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Organizational learning, especially in public organizations, is an idea that is often promoted but seldom studied in detail. This comparative study of two space shuttle accidents offers insight into organizational learningand what makes such learning difficult in public organizations.
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Mahler, Julianne.
Organizational learning at NASA.
Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008033982
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julianne Mahler; Maureen Hogan Casamayou
ISBN: 9781589016033 1589016033 9781589016026 1589016025
OCLC Number: 646811489
Awards: Winner of Section on Public Administration Research: Best Book Award 6 (United States)
Winner of Section on Public Administration Research: Best Book Award (United States).
Winner of Public Administration Section: Herbert A. Simon Book Award (United States).
Winner of Science, Technology and Environmental Politics Section: Don K. Price Award (United States).
Winner of George R. Terry Book Award (United States).
Winner of Public and Nonprofit Division's Best Book Award (United States).
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 238 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Part I. Recognizing the value of organizational learning : Uncanny similarities: the Challenger and Columbia accidents --
Identifying organizational learning --
Part II. Analyzing the causes of the shuttle accidents : Structures for processing information --
Contractor relations --
Political and budgetary pressures --
Organizational culture --
Part III. Institutionalizing lessons about public organizational learning : The challenges of learning in public organizations --
Lessons from NASA about organizational learning.
Series Title: Public management and change.
Responsibility: Julianne G. Mahler ; with Maureen Hogan Casamayou.

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