This text looks at the problems that faced George Low, the manager and visionary leader of NASA, in the 1970s. Following the success of the Apollo mission to the moon, he was one of only a few of NASA's leaders to recognize the institution as one filled with uncertainties. Change is now in the nature of things for virtually every public and private institution. Government departments, corporations and universities are being reinvented, merged or downsized at an accelerated rate. Much of the experience of George Low in the 1970s - particularly his efforts for cost control - are applicable to today's changing management environment.
An Agency in Search of a Mission; What We Really Need Is Low Cost Access to Space; Let's Get Fresh Ideas on Cost Control; We Had It About Right the First Time; Standard Equipment - The Backbone of the Effort; Changing the Way NASA Does Business; Project Management Workshops - Doers Share Experiences; Low Cost Workshop - A Gathering of Unbelievers; Shared Experience - A Renewed Training Effort; Uncovering the NASA Culture; NASA Payload Policy - Facing Risk; Evaluation - Was It Worth the Effort?; Culture and Bureaucracy Clash with Low Cost; Lessons Learned, Ignored and Forgotten; A New Way of Doing Business in Space.
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