Leadership in Organizations, 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:     https://join.freeconferencecall.com/sivanov (emergencies only), instructions for the video-conference - click here

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

Course Readings:


The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, ISBN: 0911379053, W. Edwards Deming

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0465097804, Norman Dixon

Obedience to Authority, ISBN: 006131983X, Stanley Milgram

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
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 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, Feb 26, #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, Mar 5, #2

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


Tue, Mar 12, –

Spring Break – Have Fun!! J


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


Reading Day 1:

Dixon – 3, 1-29

Milgram – 1-7


Working at:

-          Google

-          Yahoo

-          Microsoft

-          Amazon

-          Apple

-          Army

-          IBM

-          AA


Tue, Mar 19, #3

Paper 1

Leadership Characteristics / Case Study

Dixon – 3 (large font)


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

Tue, March 26, #4

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

Milgram – 8-15

Machiavelli – 1-25


EJ Levels with You

Long View of Lead

In Praise of Hierarchy

Tue, Apr 2, #5

Movie: Challenger

Leadership Decision-Making

Rational and Irrational Leadership Decision-making: Are Leaders Rational People?

Harvey – Eichmann


Tue, Apr 9, #6

Exams 2 & 3

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


Don’t make money, career your whole life

Tue, April 16, –

Emancipation Day Observed (University Closed)

Tue, Apr 23, #7A

5 – 6 PM

Paper 3, graduating seniors

Presentations for Graduating Seniors – paper 3 & great book


Tue, Apr 23, #7B

6 – 9:30 PM

Exam 1


(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)


Tue, Apr 30, #8

Paper 3

Presentations – paper 3 & great book


[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 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.