Whistleblowing : What Have We Learned Since the Challenger ?

TitleWhistleblowing : What Have We Learned Since the Challenger ?
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsWeil, V
Series TitleEngineering Ethics Update
Access Date11/15/2012
Date PublishedAugust 1996
PublisherNational Institute of Engineering Ethics
Keywordsbusiness , ENGINEERING , whistleblowing
AbstractThe tenth anniversary of the Challenger disaster in January of 1996 brought renewed attention to Roger Boisjoly, the engineer who is perhaps the most widely known whistleblower. Many people are now familiar with details about how the launch went forward in unusually cold temperatures against the recommendation of the engineers. Going over the events again, we look for lessons or at least points that deserve more emphasis. One such point is that it is difficult to say what defines an action as whistleblowing. A second is that Whistleblowing is not only excruciatingly difficult, from a practical point of view; it is also morally complex. One modest guideline emerges from exploring these points.
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