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Inside Nasa - 94 edition

Inside Nasa (ISBN10: 0801849756; ISBN13: 9780801849756)
ISBN13: 978-0801849756
ISBN10: 0801849756

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0801844522
ISBN10: 0801844525

Summary: Recipient of the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government Inside NASA explores how an agency praised for its planetary probes and expeditions to the moon became notorious for the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and a series of other malfunctions. Using archival evidence as well as in-depth interviews with space agency officials, Howard McCurdy investigates the relationship between the performance of the American space program and NASA's organ
izational culture. He begins by identifying the beliefs, norms, and practices that guided NASA's early successes. Originally, the agency was dominated by the strong technical culture rooted in the research-and-development organizations from which NASA was formed. To launch the expeditions to the moon, McCurdy explains, this technical culture was linked to an organizational structure borrowed from the Air Force ballistic-missile program. Changes imposed to accomplish the lunar landing--along with the normal aging process and inc
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Summary: Recipient of the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government Inside NASA explores how an agency praised for its planetary probes and expeditions to the moon became notorious for the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and a series of other malfunctions. Using archival evidence as well as in-depth interviews with space agency officials, Howard McCurdy investigates the relationship between the performance of the American space program and NASA's organizational culture. He begins by identifying the beliefs, norms, and practices that guided NASA's early successes. Originally, the agency was dominated by the strong technical culture rooted in the research-and-development organizations from which NASA was formed. To launch the expeditions to the moon, McCurdy explains, this technical culture was linked to an organizational structure borrowed from the Air Force ballistic-missile program. Changes imposed to accomplish the lunar landing--along with the normal aging process and inc ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 94
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Year Published: 1994
International: No



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