Leadership in Organizations, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

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

Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 6-10:40 PM, 38-209 / Faculty Lounge / TBD

Live Online Access:     https://join.freeconferencecall.com/sivanov (emergencies only),  instructions

Student Support:       Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support (38-114)

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
Out of the Crisis, ISBN: 0262541157, W. E. Deming (in UDC Library on Reserve)
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0465097804, Norman Dixon (in UDC Library on Reserve)
Obedience to Authority, Stanley Milgram (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The Prince (click for free download), Niccolo Machiavelli (free on Google Books)
A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of LonelinessISBN: 1890862118, James J. Lynch (in UDC Library on Reserve)


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
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 Done
ISBN: 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 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 Today
ISBN: 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, Oct 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, Oct 29, #2

38-3rd floor – Faculty Lounge

Assignment 0-B: voting
Movie: Race for Berlin[4]


Cheating, Ethical and Moral Principles, Anaclitic Depression Blues, Loneliness, Conversation, Leadership, Work & Trust
Organizational Policies
Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations (Case Study)

Should Leaders Compete?

Harvey – Cheating



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


Reading Day 1:
Dixon – 3, 1-29 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
Milgram – 1-7 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
Leadership Principles and Values at (class discussion):
-          Google
-          Yahoo
-          Microsoft
-          Amazon
-          Apple
-          Army
-          IBM
-          AA
-          Uber 
-          University

Tue, Nov 5, #3

38-3rd floor – Faculty Lounge

Paper 1

Leadership Characteristics / Case Study

Dixon – 3 (large font)

(in UDC Library on Reserve)


Video Lecture 2: The Alien Perspective on Humanity (additional make-up class / reading day)

Tue, Nov 12, #4

38-3rd floor – Faculty Lounge

Paper 2
Movie: Managerial/Team Leadership
Movie: Corporate Leadership
Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline
Definition of Leadership, Leadership Roles, Authorities and Accountabilities
Organizational and Leadership Systems, Systems Analysis
Structure of the Organization

Leadership Capability


Video Lecture 3: Organizational Design Concepts (additional make-up class / reading day)


Reading Day 2:
Deming – 1-10 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
Milgram – 8-15 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
Machiavelli – 1-25
EJ Levels with You
Long View of Lead
In Praise of Hierarchy

Tue, Nov 19, #5


Movie: Challenger

Leadership Decision-Making
Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-making: Are Leaders Rational People?
General Review
Team / Individual Project Work & Review
On Leadership and Psychopaths
Obedience to Authority
Moral, Ethical, and Spiritual Issues of Organizations
Building a Social Business
Harvey – Eichmann


Tue, Nov 26, #6


Exams 1, 2, 3


(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)
Presentations – paper 3 & great book

Don’t make money, career your whole life

Tue, Dec 3, #7


Optional / online

Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Tue, Dec 10, #8


Optional / online

Team / Individual Project Work & Review


Tue, Dec 17, #9

Paper 3 (final version)

Exams 2 & 3 (additional)


[1] Dates and topics on the syllabus may change slightly to accommodate the class’ needs.
[2] UDC Academic Calendar: www.udc.edu/registrar/academic-calendars
[3] All assigned reading is due before class; for a complete required reading list, please visit the class’ website at www.SergeyIvanov.org (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.

Other Notes (Syllabus - page 3):

Instruction Method:       Conversations[1] and Discussions, Group Exercises, Papers, and Projects

Attendance:                       is mandatory. University defines attendance as follows: www.sbpa.info/advising-registration/procedures-policies/university-policies

Definition of attendance-good class participation, and missed/unprepared class:

Good class participation (attendance) is defined as being visibly present during entire duration of the class, actively taking notes, and contributing (see technology expectations below). Coming to class not having read the required reading assignments, using a cellphone, or other electronic devices during class, as well as eating, talking, sleeping, leaving-returning, and other non-participative behaviors, is considered as one missed class, not earning the attendance-participation credit. Two 15-30 min late count as one missed class. Thirty or more minutes late count as one missed class.

Technology Expectations

Please turn off all electronic devices and put them away. The students must obtain a notebook for this class, and take notes by hand using a pen. The following commentary explains some of my reasoning to using this approach (click here to access the opinion).

Assignments:                    Papers 1, 2, and 3

Grading:                               2017-2019 Course Catalog, The Graduate Grading System (p. 51)

Grading Method:


Points Earned

Max Points





Paper 1




100 – 90


Paper 2



80 – 89


Paper 3, term project



70 – 79


Paper 3 Presentation



69 and below


Exam 1, in-class



Exam 2, take-home



Great Book/Other Extra Credit





Students who miss or are unprepared for four or more classes have to take exam 3 worth 25% of the final grade.
Therefore, -25 points, compensated with exam 3 worth 25+ points.

Optional Extra Credits: 
Great Book Credit:          Find a great book related to this class. Email the instructor the Amazon web link for approval. Having read this book, prepare a brief 5-min presentation to share the ideas you have learned with your classmates.  A maximum of 5 extra credit points will be awarded based on the quality and substance of the presentation.                    
Discussion Credit:            This credit is granted for good class participation. Students who miss two or less classes during the semester earn 15 credit points. If earned, the students may substitute this credit for exam 2, and only exam 2.

[1] The word conversation has a root in the word life, from Old French, conversation, or Latin, conversationem (nom. conversatio) "act of living with" ((2008). Conversation Definition. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conversation: Dictionary.com).