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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, 12:30-1:50 PM, 38-211

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


Project Due

Additional Theme


Week 1:

Mon, Jan 9, #1



Wed, Jan 11, #2

Assignment 0-A: books


Banning Laptops

Week 2:

Mon, Jan 16, –

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance (University Closed)

Wed, Jan 18, #3

Syllabus Q&A

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

Week 3:

Mon, Jan 23, #4

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

Harvey – Cheating

Constructing Collaboration

Wed, Jan 25, #5

Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations

Week 4:

Mon, Jan 30, #6

Assignment 0-B: voting

 “How Are We Doing?”

class discussion of organizations and organizational experience

Deming – 1

Milgram – 1

Best Officers Leaving

Wed, Feb 1, #7

Societal, Technological, and Organizational Changes and Innovations

Milgram – 2

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

Week 5:

Mon, Feb 6, #8

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

Milgram – 3

Wed, Feb 8, #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, Feb 13, #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

Harvey – Org as Phrog Farms

Wed, Feb 15, #11

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

Week 7:

Mon, Feb 20, –

President's Day Observed (University Closed)

Wed, Feb 22, #12

In-class Short Game

Research and Fallacies in Management, Unicorns

Milgram – 9, 10

Deming – 4

Week 8:

Mon, Feb 27, #13

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Deming – 5

In Praise of Hierarchy

Wed, Mar 1, #14

Movie: Types of Organizations

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Milgram – 11

Deming – 6

Week 9:

Mon, Mar 6, #15

Paper 2

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

Wed, Mar 8, #16

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

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

Week 10:

Mon, Mar 13, –

Spring Break – Have Fun!! J

Wed, Mar 15, –

Week 11:

Mon, Mar 20, #17

Movie: Corporate Leadership

Performance Appraisal, Promotion,

Mentorship Systems

Systems of Compensations, Language

Motivation, Talent Pool Development

Milgram – 15

Deming – 10

EJ Levels with You

Wed, Mar 22, #18

Discussion: Deputies in Organizations

Milgram – 16

Week 12:

Mon, Mar 27, #19

Milgram's Studies

Milgram – 17, 18

Harvey – Eichmann

Wed, Mar 29, #20

Movie: Group Tyranny

Milgram's Studies

Psych Foundations

Herzberg – One

More Time

Week 13:

Mon, April 3, #21

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Additional Topics

4-star General, 5-star Grace

Wed, April 5, #22

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Additional Topics

Week 14:

Mon, April 10, #23

General Review

Human Time

Wed, April 12, #24

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Week 15:

Mon, April 17, –

Emancipation Day Observed (University Closed)

Wed, April 19, #25

Presentations – paper 3 (term project)

Week 16:

Mon, April 24, #26

Paper 3, Exams 2 & 3 for graduating seniors

Presentations – paper 3 (term project),

Exams 2 & 3 for graduating seniors

Wed, April 26, #27

Presentations – paper 3 (term project), Class Party

Week 17:

Wed, May 3, #28

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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