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

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

Class Meeting Times: Tuesdays (Oct. 26 - Dec. 14), 6-9:30pm, online

Live Online Access:     https://zoom.us/j/6560275446?pwd=Q3Y1Vk5jZ2lXY1I4QkNxem9Bb1dCQT09

              Zoom Meeting ID:            656 027 5446                      Passcode: udc

Student Support:       Hany Makhlouf Academic Center for Student Support

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

Course Readings:


Management Productivity Multipliers: Tools for Accountability, Leadership, and Productivity, ISBN: 1632651831, Gerald Kraines
The Practice of Managerial Leadership, ISBN: 1469190826, Nancy R. Lee
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 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, Oct. 26, #1

Assignment 0-A: books

Syllabus Q&A

Introduction, Language, The Language of Organizations, Reflexivity, Primary and Secondary Sources
Cheating, Ethical and Moral Principles, Anaclitic Depression Blues, Loneliness, Conversation, Leadership, Work & Trust


Banning Laptops in Classrooms, Commentary
Harvey – Cheating

West Point 2020


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)
Lee – 1-4
Kraines – 1-6
Leadership Principles and Values at (class discussion):
-          Google
-          Yahoo
-          Microsoft
-          Amazon
-          Apple
-          Army
-          IBM
-          AA
-          Uber
-          University

Tue, Nov. 2, #2

Assignment 0-B: voting
Movie: Race for Berlin[4]
Organizational Policies
Collaboration vs. Competition in Organizations (Case Study)

Should Leaders Compete?

Harvey – Cheating

West Point 2020


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

Tue, Nov. 9, #3

Paper 1 – Presentation

Leadership Characteristics / Case Study

Dixon – 3 (large font)

(in UDC Library on Reserve)


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
Lee – 5-7
Kraines – 7-14
EJ Levels with You
Long View of Lead
In Praise of Hierarchy

Tue, Nov. 16, #4

Paper 2 – Presentation
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

Harvey – Eichmann


Video Lecture 4: Leadership in Times of Crises (additional make-up class / reading day)

Tue, Nov. 23, #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

Don’t make money, career your whole life

Tue, Nov. 30, #6

Exams 2 & 3

General Review / Additional Topics



Tue, Dec. 7, #7

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)



Tue, Dec. 14, #8

Paper 3

Presentations – paper 3 & great book



Fri, Dec. 17, –

All Grades To Be Posted


[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.