Organization at the Limit Lessons from the Columbia Disaster

ISBN-10: 140513108X

ISBN-13: 9781405131087

Edition: 2005

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Description: The book offers important insight relevant to Corporate, Government and Global organizations management in general. The internationally recognised authors tackle vital issues in decision making, how organizational risk is managed, how can technological and organizational complexities interact, what are the impediments for effective learning and how large, medium, and small organizations can, and in fact must, increase their resilience. Managers, organizational consultants, expert professionals, and training specialists; particularly those in high risk organizations, may find the issues covered in the book relevant to their daily work and a potential catalyst for thought and action. A timely analysis of the Columbia disaster and the organizational lessons that can be learned from it. Includes contributions from those involved in the Investigation Board report into the incident. Tackles vital issues such as the role of time pressures and goal conflict in decision making, and the impediments for effective learning. Examines how organizational risk is managed and how technological and organizational complexities interact. Assesses how large, medium, and small organizations can, and in fact must, increase their resilience. Questions our eagerness to embrace new technologies, yet reluctance to accept the risks of innovation. Offers a step by step understanding of the complex factors that led to disaster.

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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/12/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.73" wide x 10.00" long x 1.08" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Notes on Contributors
Preface
Introduction
Introduction: Organizational Aspects of the Columbia Disaster
Synopsis: NASA, the CAIB Report, and the Columbia Disaster
The Context of the Disaster
History and Policy at the Space Shuttle Program
System Effects: On Slippery Slopes, Repeating Negative Patterns, and Learning from Mistake?
Organizational Learning and Action in the Midst of Safety Drift: Revisiting the Space Shuttle Program's Recent History
The Space Between in Space Transportation: A Relational Analysis of the Failure of STS-107
Influences on Decision-Making
The Opacity of Risk: Language and the Culture of Safety in NASA's Space Shuttle Program
Coping with Temporal Uncertainty: When Rigid, Ambitious Deadlines Don't Make Sense
Attention to Production Schedule and Safety as Determinants of Risk-Taking in NASA's Decision to Launch the Columbia Shuttle
The Imaging Debate
Making Sense of Blurred Images: Mindful Organizing in Mission STS-107
The Price of Progress: Structurally Induced Inaction
Data Indeterminacy: One NASA, Two Modes
The Recovery Window: Organizational Learning Following Ambiguous Threats
Barriers to the Interpretation and Diffusion of Information about Potential Problems in Organizations: Lessons from the Space Shuttle Columbia
Beyond Explanation
Systems Approaches to Safety: NASA and the Space Shuttle Disasters
Creating Foresight: Lessons for Enhancing Resilience from Columbia
Making NASA More Effective
Observations on the Columbia Accident
Conclusion
Lessons from the Columbia Disaster
Index of Citations
Subject Index
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