Barriers to innovation at N.A.S.A.
A young engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center has a great new concept for spacecraft design, but her attempts to convince her managers go nowhere.
As they assure her that her efforts are valued, her proposal is dismissed with administrative objections. "We don't want to repress dissenting views or innovation like this. That's not how we operate," says a manager who proceeds to do just that.
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