Challenger 4page ss

Challenger 4page ss - Decision Setting for Booster Issue...

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•Morton Thiokol •Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL •Kennedy Space Center •Washington, DC Decision Setting for Booster Issue Space Shuttle Challenger •Houston Some Factors that May Have Contributed to the Challenger Disaster External factors : • Media attention. - Teacher in Space program • Timing of Reagan’s State of the Union Address on launch day. Internal factors at NASA : • Potential for loss of economic and political support for program as a result of delays. • Cost of re-designing boosters and delaying the program. • “Can-Do” culture of NASA. • Protection of NASA ! s reputation. • Lack of previous failures; false confidence; arrogance. • Autocratic style of key administrator, William Lucas, emphasized loyalty over organizational and public interest goals. • Over-reliance on data and criteria-driven analysis over expert judgment; belief that the existence of criticality analysis and other constraints on decisions meant that the analysis and constraints would be meaningful and given sympathetic and understanding compliance. Internal factors at Morton Thiokol
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