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Keeping the dream alive: Managing the Space Station Program, 1982 to 1986The management is described and analyzed of the formative years of the NASA Space Station Program (1982 to 1986), beginning with the successful initiative for program approval by Administrator James M. Beggs through to the decision to bring program management to Reston, Virginia. Emphasis is on internal management issues related to the implementation of the various phases of the program. Themes examined are the problem of bringing programmatic and institutional interests together and focusing them to forward the program; centralized versus decentralized control of the program; how the history of NASA and of the individual installations affected the decisions made; and the pressure from those outside NASA. The four sections are: (1) the decision to build the space station, (2) the design of the management experiment, (3) the experiment comes to life, and (4) the decision reversal.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Lewin, Thomas J.
(Kansas Univ. Lawrence., United States)
Narayanan, V. K.
(Rutgers - The State Univ. New Brunswick, NJ., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1990
Publication Information
Publisher: NASA
Subject Category
Administration And Management
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:4272
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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