Your text contains a case study in Chapter 13 on the Chrysler Company and
NASA. You are required to focus only on the NASA Challenger Disaster and
disregard the Chrysler Company section.
You are then required to research the Challenger Disaster and also the
subsequent Columbia Disaster (not in the case study).
Students are required to critically analyse both disasters and the decisions NASA
?h Compare and contrast the two disasters
?h Identify how the decision-making process contributed to the failure of both
?h Determine what lessons NASA had or had not learned from the Challenger
Disaster; changes they had implemented prior to the Columbia Disaster and
discuss the appropriateness of those decisions.
?h Use the determining factors in the Trull and Bay Area studies to make your
own assessments of strategic decision failure for the two disasters
?h Recommend what management at NASA should do subsequent to the
Columbia Disaster in order to achieve strategic decision success in the
Preparation: ?h A sound understanding of all chapters of the text will provide the foundation
for this assignment. Students are to base their analysis on the concepts,
theories and frameworks studied throughout this unit.
?h Students are to make use of a wide range of scholarly resources to support
their discussion and recommendations and reinforce or support an