The Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger accident: a management perspective
Author: Minkes, A.L.
Source: International Journal of Technology Management, Volume 3, Number 5, May 1988 , pp. 579-586(8)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:In January 1986 seven crew members of the US Space Shuttle Challenger lost their lives in a major accident that has set back the shuttle programme. The Presidential Commission set up to investigate the accident has reported its findings, and this paper reviews Volume I of the Commission's report. In particular it deals with some of the management and organizational aspects of the decision to launch Challenger and with the Commission's recommendations for a return to safe flight. It illustrates the idea that while the immediate cause of the accident was a technical failure, there were management and informational factors which played a major part in the whole process. The author looks at ways of strengthening management structures in organizations which undertake large, highly‐complex, technological projects.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Emeritus Professor of Business Organisation, University of Birmingham, UK; currently Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication date: May 1, 1988