Journals Higher Education



Published: 23 July 2004

288 Pages | 1 halftone

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780195330441

Bookseller Code (04)


Apollo, Challenger, Columbia: The Decline of the Space Program

A Study in Organizational Communication

Phillip K. Tompkins
With the Assistance of Emily V. Tompkins

Apollo, Challenger, Columbia: The Decline of the Space Program provides unparalleled longitudinal insight into the organizational successes and failures of NASA. The book treats NASA over its 45-year history from 1958 to 2003, concentrating on five "data points": * 1967: when Tompkins first served as a Summer Faculty Consultant in Organizational Communication to legendary rocket scientist Wernher von Braun during the Apollo Program.
* 1968: when he served in the same capacity to help reorganize NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
* 1986: when he investigated the communication failures that caused the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.
* 1987: when he researched NASA's highly successful Aviation Safety Reporting System.
* 2003: when he interpreted the communication failures leading up to the catastrophic failure of the space shuttle Columbia.

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