By LaRue Hosmer, Patrick J. Barry (auth.)
Avoiding company Breakdowns makes a speciality of prescribing a preventative process for managerial actors who face fiscal, social and environmental mess ups. Prevention is essentially uncomplicated, however it would require a substantial broadening in either the character and the level of managerial responsibility.
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10 It was either “it” or close to “it” for many of the crew members of the Deepwater Horizon. Douglas Brown, the chief mechanic of the rig, was in his cabin next to the engine room. He could hear the diesel engines revving up in speed, running out of control. They were pulling in natural gas through their air intakes, and no longer responding to their automated throttles. The power went out. Seconds later an explosion ripped through the pitch-black control room hurling him against the control panel, blasting away the floor.
Long-string riser : Why did the involved managers at BP, doubtless after consultation with others in similar positions at Halliburton (the specialty cement contractor for the Macondo well) select the long-string riser despite the acknowledged difficulties of forming the cement seals that were so essential for well closure protection? 3. Spacers for the risers: And, why did those same involved mangers at BP require that the Transocean crew go ahead with the installation of the long riser pipe despite the lack of over half the needed riser spacers needed to center that pipe and prevent swaying movements in order to eliminate the danger of forming channels in the bottom cement plugs?
Clearly, it is important not to stereotype those differences, but it is necessary to recognize their possible impacts upon the goals, norms, beliefs, and values of different individuals, and consequently upon their personal standards of conduct. 6. Economic and social situations: The goals, norms, beliefs, and values of a person will also vary depending upon the economic and social situation of that person. The economic situation includes the relative income and financial security of the individual.
Avoiding Corporate Breakdowns: The Nature and Extent of Managerial Responsibility by LaRue Hosmer, Patrick J. Barry (auth.)