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Organizational Development & Behavior, Welcome to Abilene!

Resources:                   Syllabus, Jerry Harvey's Definition of Cheating, Class Lecture - Whiteboard Notes

Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 6-9:30 PM, 38-209

Live Online Access: (emergencies only)

Office Hours:              Before/after class, and by appointment (online, day, evenings, and weekends)

Course Readings:


The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on ManagementISBN: 0787902772, Jerry B. Harvey

This book is given to students free of charge as a collection of articles.

Obedience to Authority, ISBN: 006131983X, Stanley Milgram (free on Google), free downloadable PDF

The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, ISBN: 0911379053,  W. Edwards Deming

A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of LonelinessISBN: 1890862118, James J. Lynch


The Broken Heart: The Medical Consequences of Loneliness, ISBN: 0465007694, James J. Lynch



The Principles of Scientific Management, ISBN: 0393003981, Frederick Taylor

Out of the Crisis, ISBN: 0262541157, W. Edwards Deming

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0712658890, Norman Dixon

A General Theory of Bureaucracy, ISBN: 0435824783, Elliott Jaques

Organization, ISBN: 0140217606, Wilfred Brown

Swatting Flies and Telling Lies: Stories of a Mad Organizational Consultant, Jerry B. Harvey

Executive Leadership: A Practical Guide to Managing Complexity, ISBN: 0962107018, Elliott Jaques, Stephen D. Clement

It's All About Work: Organizing Your Company To Get Work DoneISBN: 0988639602, Stephen D. Clement

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, ISBN: 0140187650, Hannah Arendt

Escape from Freedom, ISBN: 0805031499, Erich Fromm

Our Own Worst Enemy, ISBN: 0708840388, Norman F. Dixon

How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? And Other Meditations on Management, ISBN: 0787947873, Jerry Harvey

The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace, ISBN: 0684848589, M. Scott Peck

People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, ISBN: 0684848597, M. Scott Peck

Requisite Organization, ISBN: 1886436045, Elliott Jaques

Social Power and the CEO, ISBN: 1567205518, Elliott Jaques

Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails, ISBN: 1422104141, Michael Maccoby

The Leaders We Need, ISBN: 1422101665, Michael Maccoby

Accountability Leadership: How to Strengthen Productivity Through Sound Managerial Leadership, ISBN: 1564145514, Gerald A. Kraines

The Prince, Nicolo Machiavelli (free on Google Books)

The Art of War, ISBN: 0195014766, Sun Tzu (author), Samuel Griffith (translator)

The Age of Fallibility, ISBN: 1586483595, George Soros

The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business, ISBN: 0674940520, Alfred D. Chandler Jr.

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory--A Clear Explanation that Anyone Can Understand, ISBN: 0517029618, Albert Einstein

Man's Search for Meaning, ISBN: 0807014273, Viktor E. Frankl

Unhealthy Societies: The Afflictions of Inequality, ISBN: 0415092353, Richard G. Wilkinson

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to TodayISBN: 1594204047, Thomas E. Ricks

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs, ISBN: 1586488244, Muhammad Yunus

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, ISBN: 0307473333, Michio Kaku

The Prophet, ISBN: 0394404289, Kahlil Gibran 

Date[1], Session[2]

Project Due

Additional Theme


Tue, Aug 22, #1

Assignment 0-A: books

Syllabus Q&A

Introduction, Language, The Language of Organizations, Reflexivity, Primary and Secondary Sources

Banning Laptops in Classrooms, Commentary

Tue, Aug 29, #2

Assignment 0-B: voting

Cheating, Ethical and Moral Principles, Anaclitic Depression Blues, Loneliness, Conversation

Innovation in Organizations

General Organizational Topics

Fear in Organizations

Harvey – Cheating

Constructing Collaboration

Best Officers Leaving


Video Lecture 1: Feararchy and Organizations (additional make-up class)

Reading Day 1:

Harvey – Abilene

Harvey – Org as Phrog Farms

Harvey – Future of OD

EJ Levels with You

Long View of Lead

In Praise of Hierarchy

Tue, Sep 5, #3

Paper 1

Movie:[4] Abilene Paradox, followed by class discussion

In-class Short Game

The Abilene Paradox, Organizations and Phrog Farms, and other mediations on management, discussion

Research and Fallacies in Management, Unicorns

Organizational Theory, Foundations,

Tue, Sep 12, #4

Paper 2

Movie: Types of Organizations

In-class Exercise: time-span of the role

Movie: Managerial/Team Leadership

Applied Theories in Organizations, Types of Organizations

Organizational Structure, Types of Teams and Teamwork

Game Playing: Language of Organizations

Associations and Hierarchies, revisited

Role, Role Measurement, and Types of Roles

Authorities, Accountabilities

Performance Appraisal, Promotion, Mentorship Systems

Systems of Compensations, Language Systems

Motivation, Talent Pool Development

Organizational Discussion: deputies in organizations

Strategic Management, Leadership

Video Lecture 2: Organizational Design Concepts (additional make-up class)

Reading Day 2:

  • Deming – 1-6
  • Milgram – 1-7
  • Lynch – 1-9 (12)

Tue, Sep 19, #5

Deming in Organizations

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Tue, Sep 26, #6

General Review

Milgram's Studies

Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Issues of Organizations

Good and Evil in Organizations

Eichmann in the Organization

Tue, Oct 3, #7

Exams 1, 2, 3

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Tue, Oct 10, #8

Paper 3 (final version)

Presentations – paper 3 (term project)

[1] Dates and topics on the syllabus may change slightly to accommodate the class’ needs.

[3] All assigned reading is due before class; for a complete required reading list, please visit the class’ website at (all articles are posted as PDF files on the class web site – italicized above).

[4] All movies used in class are mini-movies on a specific topic to encourage and enhance the class conversation.

Professor's Contact Information:

(202) 274-6833

Skype:   sergeygw


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