Organizational Learning at NASA The Challenger and the Columbia Accidents
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Description: Just after 9:00 a.m. on February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart and was lost over Texas. This tragic event led, as the Challenger accident had 17 years earlier, to an intensive government investigation of the technological and organizational causes of the accident. The investigation found chilling similarities between the two accidents, leading the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to conclude that NASA failed to learn from its earlier tragedy. Despite the frequency with which organizations are encouraged to adopt learning practices, organizational learning¿especially in public organizations¿is not well understood and deserves to be studied in more detail. This book fills that gap with a thorough examination of NASA¿s loss of the two shuttles. After offering an account of the processes that constitute organizational learning, Julianne G. Mahler focuses on what NASA did to address problems revealed by Challenger and its uneven efforts to institutionalize its own findings. She also suggests factors overlooked by both accident commissions and proposes broadly applicable hypotheses about learning in public organizations.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 3/27/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|Recognizing the Value of Organizational Learning|
|Uncanny Similarities: The Challenger and Columbia Accidents|
|Identifying Organizational Learning|
|Analyzing the Causes of the Shuttle Accidents|
|Structures for Processing Information|
|Political and Budgetary Pressures|
|Institutionalizing Lessons about Public Organizational Learning|
|The Challenges of Learning in Public Organizations|
|Lessons from NASA about Organizational Learning|