Distributed knowledge and indeterminate meaning: The case of the columbia shuttle flight

Roger L.M. Dunbar, Raghu Garud

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Abstract

We explore the processes that unfolded during NASA's ill-fated Columbia shuttle flight, as members of the mission team struggled to understand the significance of an unexpected foam-shedding event. It was difficult to categorize this event in real time, as two different criteria ĝ€" a concern for safety and a concern for meeting schedules ĝ€" were being used. Using in-depth data gathered on the Columbia shuttle flight, we describe the sensemaking processes that unfolded and discuss the implications for organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-421
Number of pages25
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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