Nicholas Kachman worked as an engineer at General Motors for 35 years.
During that time, he witnessed what he calls a culture of resistance and failure – resistance to life saving auto safety and pollution control regulations that caused the automaker to fail in the marketplace.
Kachman is the author of GM Paint it Red: Inside General Motors Culture of Failure.
“When I look at the failure of GM, I look at all of those great engineers they had,” Kachman told Corporate Crime Reporterin an interview last month. “You go to school to learn all of the disciplines. And you take tests to see if you understand chemistry or physics. And it is all with the goal of solving problems, making things better, improving humanity. GM was paying billions of dollars over the years for PhDs and math degrees and regular engineers. And GM was telling them – develop reasons not to do something.”