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)    Instructions for the Video-Conference (click to access)

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

Course Readings:


This book is 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 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 21, #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 28, #2

Assignment 0-B: voting


Ethical and Moral Principles
Anaclitic Depression Blues
Loneliness in Organizations
Innovation in Organizations
Fear in Organizations
The Concept of Work
Other General Organizational Topics


Harvey – Cheating
Working at:
-          Google
-          Yahoo
-          Microsoft
-          Amazon
-          Apple
-          U.S. Army
-          IBM


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


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 4, #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

Organizational Theory, Foundations

Tue, Sep 11, #4

Paper 2

Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline

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)


Reading Day 2:
-          Deming – 1-6
-          Milgram – 1-7
-          Lynch – 1-9 (12)

Tue, Sep 18, #5


Deming in Organizations
 Management Diseases and Obstacles


Tue, Sep 25, #6


General Review
Milgram's Studies
Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Issues of Organizations
Good and Evil in Organizations
Eichmann in the Organization



Video Lecture 3: The Alien Perspective on Humanity (additional make-up class / reading day)

Tue, Oct 2, #7

Exams 1, 2, 3(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Tue, Oct 9, #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.
[2] UDC Academic Calendar:
[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.