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Organizational Theory & Behavior, Welcome to Abilene!

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

Class Meeting Times: Mon-Wed, 11-12:20 PM, 38-213

Live Online Access: (emergencies only)

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

Course Readings:


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

These books are given to students free of charge as a collection of articles:

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Week 1:

Mon, Aug 21, #1




Wed, Aug 23, #2

Assignment 0-A: books


Banning Laptops

Week 2:

Mon, Aug 28, #3



Wed, Aug 30, #4

Syllabus Q&A

Introduction (continued), Language, The Language of Organizations, Reflexivity, Primary and Secondary Sources

Week 3:

Mon, Sep 4, –

Labor Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Sep 6, #5


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

Harvey – Cheating

Constructing Collaboration

Week 4:

Mon, Sep 11, #6

Assignment 0-B: voting

Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations

“How Are We Doing?”

class discussion of organizations and organizational experience

Deming – 1

Milgram – 1


Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Sep 13, #7


Societal, Technological, and Organizational Changes and Innovations

Milgram – 2



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

Week 5:

Mon, Sep 18, #8


Societal, Technological, and Organizational Changes and Innovations (continued)

Milgram – 3


Wed, Sep 20, #9

Paper 1


Historical Overview: Systems Thinking in Management and Introduction to Major Works: Taylor, Follett, Argyris, Herzberg, McGregor, Lewin, Bion, Harvey, Isaac, Deming, Jaques, Dixon, Maccoby, others

Milgram – 4



Productive Narcissist

HBR Article

Week 6:

Mon, Sep 25, #10


Movie:[4]  Challenger

Historical Overview (continued),

Personalities, Productive Narcissist, Strategic Intelligence, Intelligence

Discussion of organizations, Fear in organizations

Milgram – 5, 6

Deming – 2

Harvey – Abilene

Wed, Sep 27, #11



Harvey – Org as Phrog Farms

Week 7:

Mon, Oct 2, #12

Movie:Abilene Paradox, followed by class discussion

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


Milgram – 7, 8

Deming – 3

Harvey – Future of OD

Harvey – Feedback

Wed, Oct 4, #13

In-class Short Game

Research and Fallacies in Management, Unicorns

Milgram – 9, 10

Deming – 4

Week 8:

Mon, Oct 9, –

Columbus Day Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Oct 11, #14

Paper 2


Movie: Types of Organizations

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Deming – 5

In Praise of Hierarchy

Week 9:

Mon, Oct 16, #15

 Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Milgram – 11

Deming – 6

Wed, Oct 18, #16

In-class Exercise: time-span of the role

Organizational Theory, Foundations

Applied Theories in Organizations, Types of Organizations, Associations and Hierarchies

Organizational Structure, Types of Teams and Teamwork

Milgram – 12, 13

Deming – 7, 8

Long View of Lead


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

Week 10:

Mon, Oct 23, #17

Movie: Managerial/Team Leadership



Organizational Structure

Structure of Managerial Hierarchies

Types of Teams and Teamwork

Strategic Management, Leadership

Good and Evil in Organizations


Role, Role Measurement, and Role Types

Authorities, Accountabilities

Milgram – 14

Deming – 9

The Great CEO Pay Heist

Wed, Oct 25, #18

Movie: Corporate Leadership

Performance Appraisal, Promotion,

Mentorship Systems

Systems of Compensations, Language

Motivation, Talent Pool Development

Discussion: Deputies in Organizations

Milgram – 15

Deming – 10

EJ Levels with You

Week 11:

Mon, Oct 30, #19


Milgram's Studies

Milgram – 16

Wed, Nov 1, #20

Movie: Group Tyranny

Milgram's Studies

Milgram – 17, 18

Harvey – Eichmann

Week 12:

Mon, Nov 6, #21


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Additional Topics

Psych Foundations

Herzberg – One

More Time

Wed, Nov 8, #22


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Additional Topics

4-star General, 5-star Grace

Week 13:

Mon, Nov 13, #23

Exams 2 & 3

General Review

Human Time

Wed, Nov 15, #24

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)


Week 14:

Mon, Nov 20, #25


Presentations – great book extra credit

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Wed, Nov 22, #26


Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 15:

Mon, Nov 27, #27


Presentations – paper 3 (term project)


Wed, Nov 29, #28


Presentations – paper 3 (term project)


Week 16:

Mon, Dec 4, #29


Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Wed, Dec 6, #30


Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Week 17:

Mon, Dec 11, #31

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)


[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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