MS&E 280 Course Outline (updated 1/17) ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR: AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH Department of Management Science and Engineering Management Stanford University Professor Robert I. Sutton ( [email protected] ) Office hours: Fridays 3:00-4:00 Course Assistants: Ralph Maurer, Ph.D Candidate ( [email protected] ) Dana Wang, Ph.D Candidate ( [email protected] ) SCPD Course Assistant: Carlos Rodriguez-Lluesma, Ph.D Candidate ( [email protected] ) CA office hours by appointment Winter, 2006 WF 4:15-5:45 Terman Auditorium Class Description: Evidence-based management is a simple idea. It just means finding the best evidence that you can, facing those facts, and acting on those facts – rather than doing what everyone else does, what you have always done, or what you thought was true. It isn’t an excuse for inaction. Leaders of organizations must have the courage to act on the best facts they have right now, and the humility to change what they do as better information is found. It isn’t a new idea and isn’t an original idea. Yet surprisingly few leaders and organizations actually do it – and those that do trump the competition. The goal of this class is to tackle fundamental organizational behavior issues (e.g. employee selection, rewards, teamwork, culture, innovation) from an evidence-based perspective. Books/Materials: Jeffery Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management , 2006, Harvard Business School Press Robert B. Cialdini, Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, 1998, Collins. NOTE there are different versions of this book around, so long as Cialdini wrote the one you have, any variation is fine.
William C. Taylor and Polly G. LaBarre, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win , 2006, William Morrow (DVD) Metallica - Some Kind of Monster , 2004, Third Eye Motion Picture Company All of the articles can be found by simply clicking on the url provided. For Harvard Business Review articles, Harvard cases, some Stanford cases, and California Management Review articles, the links take you to online archives that require a SUNET ID. Websites We will be using Stanford’s Coursework system for distribution of updated syllabi and other course materials. You should log in to coursework and make sure you are able to access the class (MSANDE 280) as soon as possible. You can add yourself manually to the course if you are not automatically granted access. Always look on Coursework for updates. We will also be using a Google group as a forum for class discussion and questions. This can be accessed through Coursework or by using the following link: Much of the material for the course in particular and about evidence-based management in general will be available at this website, which Jeff Pfeffer, Bob Sutton, Ralph Maurer, and a team at the Stanford Business School Library led by Daphne Chang and Paul Reist have developed. The most recent version of this course outline will be available here, links to many of
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