Another example of groupthink that is often cited in business books, is that the challenger space shuttle disaster was caused by groupthink these books will quote how nasa knew about the potential for failure but did not want to delay the launch so they went ahead with the launch anyway. The fact that both nasa's and thiokol's managers had little regard to the concerns of thiokol's engineers is very distressing all members of the group made a decision knowing that the decision was based on flawed information. The investigation highlighted nasa's and morton thiokol's failure to respond to the design flaw of the o-rings in the solid rocket boosters rather than redesign the joint, it was defined as an acceptable flight risk. For nasa in the context of the challenger disaster, the 'strong' culture may be seen in a more negative light due to the autocratic leadership style exercised by nasa managers at the time, in conjunction with their supplier (morton thiokol.
The new groupthink has overtaken our workplaces, our schools and our religious institutions backbone entertainment, a video game development company in emeryville, calif, initially used an. Pressure from nasa to recommend a launch placed thiokol in a difficult position many were concerned thiokol would be expelled from the program if they did not do what nasa was asking of them. How did the culture of nasa and morton thiokol contribute to the development of group think in his book, vital lies, simple truths, the psychology of self-deception, dan goleman cites a passage credited to irving janis. Degeorge's criteria (p 159) (1) a practice or product does or will cause serious harm to individuals or society at large (2) the charge of wrongdoing has been brought.
The success or failure of nasa's human spaceflight programs are linked to organizational management based on dynamics between centralized aspects of management, like controls over cost and schedule, and decentralized aspects, such as engineering authority over technical development. Nasa's habit of relaxing safety standards to meet financial and time constraints set the stage for the loss of the space shuttle columbia and could lead to tragedy again, investigators said tuesday. Go to the conference with nasa to tell them about the o-rings and stop the launch during the 12 months that bob refused to let nasa know of the problem bob took it upon himself to decide which information the group should have, therefore during this time bob had which symptom of groupthink. Morton-thiokol - contracted by nasa to build the solid rocket booster morton-thiokol was the subcontractor directly responsible for the development of the srb o rings marshall space flight center - in charge of booster rocket development.
The following short-clip presents a re-enactment of a morton thiokol meeting when groupthink led the company to tell nasa to go ahead with the launch in weather many morton thiokol engineers felt was too cold for the seals to work properly. The commission appointed by the president ronald reagan concluded that the determining factors that led to the crash were the corporate culture and decision-making of nasa in 1977, nasa managers were aware of potentially dangerous defects of seals supplied by the contractor morton thiokol, but they did not pay enough attention to it. Groupthink—collective rationalization and pressure on others after morton thiokol engineers warned about the o-ring problem, nasa discounted their opinion and urged them to reconsider morton thiokol then had an internal conference, reversed their opinion, and announced that the challenger was flight ready.
How did the cultures of nasa and morton thiokol contribute to the development of groupthink how did the culture of nasa and morton thiokol contribute to the development of group think in his book, vital lies, simple truths, the psychology of self-deception, dan goleman cites a passage credited to irving janis. Nasa actually asked morton thiokol about the cold weather and they only had two teleconferences the afternoon and evening before the launch they wanted to put a temperature requirement of 53 degrees, which was the experience base for the worst o-ring damage they had seen, but this conflicted with another flight at ~75 degrees that also had issues. The trickle-down effect: policy decisions, risky work, and the challenger tragedy the cause of the flawed decision in nasa's own distinctive history created the impression that the tragedy was an anomaly—a mistake peculiar to nasa.
The explosion of the space shuttle challenger is an example of poor managerial decision making by the managers of nasa and morton thiokol, who considered and then downplayed the criterion of - ethicalness. Decisions was the selection of morton thiokol to supply solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle facing congressional resistance to the shuttle program during the early. At nasa, stories engender organization sustainability — the development of employee skills through the dissemination of knowledge and experience gained from projects and programs they are how nasa learns. Morton thiokol, inc, the contractor, did not accept the implication of tests early in the program that the design had a serious and unanticipated flaw 1 nasa did not accept the judgment of its engineers that the design was unacceptable, and as the joint problems grew in number and severity nasa minimized them in management briefings and reports.