Urgency, uncertainty, and innovation: Building jet engines in postwar America

  title={Urgency, uncertainty, and innovation: Building jet engines in postwar America},
  author={Philip Scranton},
  journal={Management \& Organizational History},
  pages={127 - 157}
  • Philip Scranton
  • Published 1 May 2006
  • Business
  • Management & Organizational History
Abstract Organizational history and theory have in recent years begun to integrate the nonrational dimensions of action, relationships, and problem-solving with foundational understandings of rationality.This study demonstrates that when insufficient knowledge bases and extreme urgency are involved, conditions underlying Cold War business– government technological innovations, rational approaches to management and planning can prove more metaphorical and confusing than helpful. The case of… 

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