Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster Case Study

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The immediate cause of the Challenger disaster was the decision by the launch committer to launch, even though low air temperature had the potential to impair vital function of the o-rings. Discuss the decision making process: Do you think the decision to launch was incorrect given knowledge at the time? What pressures were present on those in the meeting? Were all the participants free to provide their opinion? If not, what forces limited free participation? How important were the operational drivers relative the engineering and safety drivers?

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Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster Case StudyPlease Read sources prior to the tutorial and address the following questions in the tutorialSome Questions for Group Analysis and DiscussionThe immediate cause of the Challenger disaster was the decision by the launch committer to launch, even though low air temperature had the potential to impair vital function of the o-rings. Discuss the decision making process:Do you think the decision to launch was incorrect given knowledge at the time?What pressures were present on those in the meeting?Were all the participants free to provide their opinion? If not, what forces limited free participation?How important were the operational drivers relative the engineering and safety drivers?How did the previous decision making history provide a bias in decision making?How could better decision making have occurred?Suggest specific meeting guidelines that could have ensured more open review of safety concerns.Have you been in groups where "groupthink" unspoken rules or practices have limited your ability to contribute? What were these rules?Have you been in groups where you felt free to participate and present your point of view? What aspects of the group gave you this freedom? How do you think you as a manager could enhance good group based decision making?Source 1. Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident (Rogers Report)http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/51-l/docs/rogers-

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