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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, 7-9:40 PM, 38-103

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


Project Due

Additional Theme


Tue, Jan 10, #1

Assignment 0-A: books

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

Banning Laptops in Classrooms, Commentary

Tue, Jan 17, #2

Syllabus Q&A

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

Societal, Technological, and Organizational Changes and Innovations

Harvey – Cheating

Constructing Collaboration

Best Officers Leaving

Tue, Jan 24, #3

Assignment 0-B: voting

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

4-star General, 5-star Grace

Tue, Jan 31, #4

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

Milgram – 1

Deming – 1

Lynch – 1

Harvey – Feedback

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

Tue, Feb 7, #5

Paper 1

Discussion of organizations

Historical Overview (continued), Personalities, Productive Narcissist, Strategic Intelligence, Intelligence

Milgram – 2, 3

Deming – 2

Lynch – 2

Tue, Feb 14, #6

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

Milgram – 4, 5

Deming – 3

Lynch – 3


Tue, Feb 21, #7

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

Movie: Group Tyranny

Fear in Organizations

Systems Thinking in Organizations and Societies, Time, Unhealthy Societies, Futurism, Latest Research, Incompetence

Milgram – 6, 7

Deming – 4

Lynch – 4

Harvey – Abilene

Tue, Feb 28, #8

Paper 2

Movie: Challenger

Research and Fallacies in Management, Unicorns

Organizational Theory, Foundations, Applied Theories in Organizations, Types of Organizations

Deming – 5, 6

Lynch – 5

Harvey – Org as Phrog Farms

Harvey – Future of OD

Tue, Mar 7, #9

In-class Short Game

Movie: 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

Milgram – 8, 9

Deming – 7

Lynch – 6

Harvey – Feedback

EJ Levels with You

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

Tue, Mar 14, –

Spring Break – Have Fun!! J

Tue, Mar 21, #10

In-class Exercise: time-span of the role

Movie: Managerial/Team Leadership

Authorities, Accountabilities

Performance Appraisal, Promotion, Mentorship Systems

Systems of Compensations, Language Systems

Motivation, Talent Pool Development

Organizational Discussion: deputies in organizations

Strategic Management, Leadership

Good and Evil in Organizations

Milgram – 10, 11

Deming – 8

Lynch – 7

Long View of Lead

In Praise of Hierarchy

Tue, Mar 28, #11

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Milgram – 12, 13

Deming – 9

Lynch – 8

The Great CEO Pay Heist

Harvey – Eichmann

Human Time

Psych Foundations

Herzberg – One

More Time

Tue, Apr 4, #12

Movie: Corporate Leadership

Milgram's Studies

Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Issues of Organizations

Milgram – 14, 15

Deming – 10

Lynch – 9, 10

Tue, Apr 11, #13

General Review

Lynch – 11, 12

Tue, Apr 18, #14

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Tue, Apr 25, #15

Paper 3 (final version) for graduating students,

Exams 2 & 3 for graduating students


Presentations – paper 3 (term project),

Exams 2 & 3 for graduating students

Tue, May 2, #16

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3

[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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