Engineers and Management: The Challenge of the Challenger Incident

TitleEngineers and Management: The Challenge of the Challenger Incident
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication8
AuthorsWerhane, PH
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Date Published08/01/
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0167-4544
AbstractThe Challenger incident was a result of at least four kinds of difficulties: differing perceptions and priorities of the engineers and management at Thiokol and at NASA, a preoccupation with roles and role responsibilities on the part of engineers and managers, contrasting corporate cultures at Thiokol and its parent, Morton, and a failure both by engineers and by managers to exercise individual moral responsibility. The author argues that in the Challenger case organizational structure, corporate culture, engineering and managerial habits, and role responsibilities precipitated events contributing to the Challenger disaster.
NotesCover Date: AUG 1991.Source Info: 10(8), 605-616. Language: ENGLISH. Journal Announcement: 25-4. Subject: ENGINEERING; ETHICS; MANAGEMENT; MORAL RESPONSIBILITY; PROFESSIONAL ETHICS. Update Code: 20150211.