The Trickle-Down Effect: Policy Decisions, Risky Work, and the "Challenger" Tragedy

@inproceedings{Vaughan1997TheTE,
  title={The Trickle-Down Effect: Policy Decisions, Risky Work, and the "Challenger" Tragedy},
  author={Diane Vaughan},
  year={1997}
}
The Challenger disaster cannot be accounted for by reductionist explanations that direct attention only toward individual actors, nor by theories that focus solely on communication failure or the social psychological dynamics of the infamous eve-of-launch teleconference. The cause of the tragedy was rooted in historic organizational and environmental contingencies that preceded the launch decision. By tracing the connection between top policy decisions and decisions by engineers and managers… CONTINUE READING

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