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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Discusses the social impact of the crash and analyzes the NASA decision making process.

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Genre/Form: Case Reports
Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Vaughan
ISBN: 0226851753 9780226851754 0226851761 9780226851761
OCLC Number: 33166669
Awards: Winner of Society for Social Studies of Science: Rachel Carson Prize 1997
Description: xv, 575 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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.
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This work seeks to explain why the Challenger tragedy must be re-examined and offers a warning about the hidden hazards of living in this technological age.  Read more...


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