Organizational Development & Behavior, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

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

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 Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management
ISBN: 0787902772, Jerry B. Harvey (in UDC Library on Reserve)
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 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, ISBN: 0911379053,  W. Edwards Deming
Out of the Crisis, ISBN: 0262541157, W. E. Deming (in UDC Library on Reserve)
A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness
ISBN: 1890862118, James J. Lynch (in UDC Library on Reserve)


The Principles of Scientific Management, ISBN: 0393003981, Frederick Taylor
On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0712658890, Norman Dixon (in UDC Library on Reserve)
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 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 27, #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, Sep 3, #2

Assignment 0-B: voting


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


Harvey – Cheating
Working at:
-          Google
-          Yahoo
-          Microsoft
-          Amazon
-          Apple
-          Army
-          IBM
-          AA
-          Uber
-          University


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 
-          On the Road

Tue, Sep 10, #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 17, #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 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
-          Milgram – 1-7 (in UDC Library on Reserve)
-          Lynch – 1-9 (12) (in UDC Library on Reserve)

Tue, Sep 24, #5


Deming in Organizations
Management Diseases and Obstacles


Tue, Oct 1, #6


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


Wed, Oct 2, –

12:30 – 1:50 PM

Distinguished Lecture Series, On Leadership
Special Event, Guest Speaker: Darryl Vernon Poole
The Changing Eras of Civilizations:
My Experiences of 50 Years of the Past and 50 Years into the Future


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

Tue, Oct 8, #7

Exams 1, 2, 3 Presentations – great book extra credit
(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Tue, Oct 15, #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.

Other Notes (Syllabus - page 3):

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

 Attendance:                       is mandatory. University defines attendance as follows:

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.