The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs
JHU Press, 2002 - 290 pages
How does one go about organizing something as complicated as a strategic-missile or space-exploration program? Stephen B. Johnson here explores the answer - systems management - in a study that involves Air Force planners, scientists, technical specialists and, eventually, bureaucrats. Taking a comparative approach, Johnson focuses on the theory, or intellectual history, of systems engineering as such, its origins in the Air Force's Cold War ICBM efforts, and its migration to not only NASA but the European Space Agency.
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