Group Decision Fiascoes Continue: Space Shuttle Challenger and a Revised Groupthink Framework

Gregory Moorhead, Richard Ference, Christopher Neck

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Abstract

This paper reviews the decision situation surrounding the decision to launch the space shuttle Challenger in January 1986 in the light of the groupthink hypothesis. A revised framework is presented that proposes time and leadership style as moderators of the manner in which group characteristics lead to groupthink symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-550
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Relations
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1991

Keywords

  • Challenger
  • decision making
  • group characteristics
  • groupthink

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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