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 - 1991

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Keywords

  • Challenger
  • decision making
  • group characteristics
  • groupthink

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

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Group Decision Fiascoes Continue : Space Shuttle Challenger and a Revised Groupthink Framework. / Moorhead, Gregory; Ference, Richard; Neck, Christopher.

In: Human Relations, Vol. 44, No. 6, 1991, p. 539-550.

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