Org. Theory & Behavior, Welcome to Abilene & Brave New World!

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

Class Meeting Times: Mondays-Wednesdays, 11 - 12:20 PM, 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:


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

These books are also given to students free of charge as a collection of articles:

The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management

ISBN: 0787902772, Jerry B. Harvey (in UDC Library on Reserve)

Obedience to Authority, ISBN: 006131983X, Stanley Milgram (free on Google), free downloadable PDF (in UDC Library on Reserve)


Out of the Crisis, ISBN: 0262541157, W. Edwards Deming (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

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence, ISBN: 0712658890, Norman Dixon (in UDC Library on Reserve)

A General Theory of Bureaucracy, ISBN: 0435824783, Elliott Jaques

A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, ISBN: 1890862118, James J. Lynch (in UDC Library on Reserve)

Organization, ISBN: 0140217606, Wilfred Brown

The Abilene Paradox and Other Meditations on Management, ISBN: 0787902772, Jerry B. Harvey (in UDC Library on Reserve)

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, Peck

People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, ISBN: 0684848597, 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, 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, Wilkinson

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, 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


Week 1:

Mon, Sep 7, –

Wed, Sep. 9, #1

Labor Day Observance (University Closed)


Week 2:

Mon, Sep 14, #2

Wed, Sep. 16, #3

Syllabus and other Q&A

Assignment 0-A: books

“How Are We Doing?”

class discussion of organizations and organizational experience

Week 3:

Mon, Sep. 21, #4

Wed, Sep. 23, #5

Assignment 0-B: voting

Cheating, Ethical and Moral Principles, Anaclitic Depression Blues, Loneliness, Conversation

Principles of Work, Trust in Organizations

Milgram – 1, 2

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

Week 4:

Mon, Sep. 28, #6

Wed, Sep. 30, #7

Paper 1

Work in Organizations / What Organizations Really Do?

Historical Overview: Systems Thinking in Management and Introduction to Major Works: Taylor, Follett, Argyris, Herzberg, McGregor, Lewin, Bion, Harvey, Isaac, Deming, Jaques, Dixon, Maccoby, others

Deming – 1

Milgram – 3

Week 5:

Mon, Oct. 5, #8

Wed, Oct. 7, #9

Movie: [4] Challenger

Movie: Abilene Paradox, followed by class discussion

The Abilene Paradox, Organizations and Phrog Farms, and other mediations on management, discussion

Research and Fallacies in Management, Unicorns

Milgram – 5, 6

Deming – 2

Harvey – Abilene

Milgram – 7, 8

Harvey – Future of OD

Wed, Oct. 7, –


Distinguished Lecture Series, On Leadership

Special Event, Guest Speaker: Darryl Vernon Poole

Leadership across sequential crises

12:30 - 1:50 pm

Week 5:

Mon, Oct 12, –

Wed, Oct, 14, #10

Columbus Day Observance (University Closed)

In-class Short Game

Deming in Organizations

Milgram – 9, 10

Deming – 3

Week 7:

Mon, Oct. 19, #11

Wed, Oct. 21, #12

Great Book Extra Credit Selection Deadline

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Management Diseases and Obstacles

Deming – 4

Paper 2

Milgram – 11

Movie: Types of Organizations

Week 8:

Mon, Oct. 26, #13

Wed, Oct. 28, #14

In-class Exercise: time-span of the role

Organizational Theory, Foundations

Applied Theories in Organizations, Types of Organizations, Associations and Hierarchies

Milgram – 12, 13

Deming – 5

Organizational Structure, Types of Teams and Teamwork

Movie: Managerial/Team Leadership

Organizational Structure

Structure of Managerial Hierarchies

Types of Teams and Teamwork

Strategic Management, Leadership

Good and Evil in Organizations

Role, Role Measurement, and Role Types

Authorities, Accountabilities

Video Lecture 2: Organizational Design Concepts (additional make-up class)

Week 9:

Mon, Nov. 2, #15

Wed, Nov. 4, #16

Movie: Corporate Leadership

Performance Appraisal, Promotion,

Mentorship Systems

Systems of Compensations, Language

Milgram – 15

Deming – 6

Motivation, Talent Pool Development

Discussion: Deputies in Organizations

EJ Levels with You

Milgram – 16

Week 10:

Mon, Nov. 9, #17

Wed, Nov. 11, –

Movie: Group Tyranny

Milgram's Studies

Milgram – 17, 18

Veteran’s Day Observance (University Closed)

Week 11:

Wed, Nov. 16, #18

Wed, Nov. 18, #19

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Exams 2 & 3

Additional Topics

Milgram's Studies

Milgram's Studies

Video Lecture 3: Leadership in Times of Crises (additional make-up class)

Week 12:

Mon, Nov. 23, #20

Wed, Nov. 25, #21

Exam 1

(Remember Assignment 0-B: voting)

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 13:

Mon, Nov. 30, #22

Wed, Dec. 2, #23

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 14:

Mon, Dec. 7, #24

Team / Individual Project Work & Review

Week 15:

Mon, Dec. 14, #25

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.

Professor's Contact Information:

(202) 274-7040


Skype: sergeygw