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BCS Wiltshire Branch - The Space Shuttle Case

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South Wiltshire UTC

Wilton Road

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SP2 7EU

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Joint evetn BCS Wiltshire and PROMS-g


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Stephen Carver, Cranfield School of Management


The Space Shuttle Case

January 28th 1986 - the space shuttle Challenger explodes just one minute after launch. As the world looked on horrified, few realised that this was an inevitable accident that had been predicted by the designers for years. Indeed, the day before the key engineers believed that there was “essentially a 100% probability of disaster”.

After the accident NASA embarked upon major management reforms. Sadly the reforms made the launches look almost too safe and as a result over the subsequent years standards and relationships slipped once more.

Then, in February 2003 - the Space Shuttle Colombia burns up on re-entry and the entire crew perish. The chilling fact was that this was a management repeat of the Challenger disaster - NASA had not truly learned the lessons of the past.

Key messages to be discussed in this event:

  • Importance of real communication

  • Leadership of Complex Strategic Change

  • Risk management

  • Personal responsibility

  • Inter-organisational co-ordination

  • Keeping organisational learning alive

  • Dangers of groupthink / silo thinking

About Stephen Carver

Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme Change and Crisis Management and being able to distil them down into highly informative and fast lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it - you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, Project Management Company (his client list now reads like the FTSE/Dow top 100!)

Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has taught in UK, US Europe, Japan, Taiwan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia and has appeared on National Radio and TV.

Stephen has undertaken numerous assignments for many, many clients in the UK, Europe, and the Middle & Far East.

He has spoken in on television and radio and even at The Royal Albert Hall!.

Email stephen.carver@cranfield.ac.uk

Contact Stephen Carver on LinkedIn

About the organiser:

This event is organised by the BCS Wiltshire Branch , find out more about the group at http://www.wiltshirebcs.org/homepage.asp

Things to note:
- This event may be recorded.

For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.

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