Management's hat trick: Misuse of “engineering judgment” in the challenger incident

TitleManagement's hat trick: Misuse of “engineering judgment” in the challenger incident
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsHerkert, JR
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume10
Issue8
Pagination617-620
Date Published08/1991
ISSN Number0167-4544
AbstractThis commentary on the Challenger Explosion focuses on the professional responsibility of NASA and Thiokol Managers to heed the warnings of their engineers, and their outright dishonesty in justifying their managerial decisions were based on "engineering judgement". The author discusses the nature of risk assessment as it relates to this case, and the problems that occurred when the managers in this case attempted to justify accepting high levels of risk by appropriating the expert role of risk management and representing to others their managerial judgement as engineering judgement.
DOI10.1007/BF00382881
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