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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster

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Research Company Structure

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Question:

NASA once again wanted the seal task force team to soften the urgency of the O-ring problem. If the word leaked that there existed a major malfunction in the solid rocket booster, Congress would likely lose even more faith in the Shuttle program. No cold weather launches were scheduled for the near future. Should Boisjoly continue to listen to NASA and play down the importance of the problem? Which of the following are good things to do in this situation?

Answer: Research company structure.

Yes, if you do not already know the company structure, it will be important to know that.

Boisjoly's memo to the vice president of engineering at Morton Thiokol on July 31, which resulted in the formation of a team to work on the seals, shows he had a fairly good idea of the company structure. If you call up that memo you will notice that Boisjoly sent copies of the memo to others at Morton Thiokol to keep them informed. He showed the memo to his immediate supervisor so as avoid undercutting him.

Cite this page: "Research Company Structure" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 5/21/2006 OEC Accessed: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 <www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/Exemplars/BehavingWell/RB-intro/Urgency/Structure3.aspx>