15.317 | Summer 2009 | Graduate

Organizational Leadership and Change

Part I


1 Introduction to the two-year LGO journey

Ancona, Deborah. “Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty.” MIT Leadership Center, 2005. (PDF)

The Nobel Foundation. “Wangari Maathai Biography.” Nobelprize.org.

The Nobel Foundation. “Wangari Maathai Nobel Lecture.” Nobelprize.org.

Maathai, Wangari. Chapter 6 in Unbowed: A Memoir. Anchor Books, 2007. ISBN: 9780307275202.

2 Traits vs. situational leadership; Leading and following

Background for Leadership Debates (PDF)

Fry, Maddy. “Bono Biography.” @ U2.

BBC News. “Voice of Influential U2 Frontman.”

Captur, Gabriella. “Memento for René Favaloro.” Texas Heart Institute Journal 31, no. 1 (2004): 47-60.

Heifetz, Ronald A. “Mobilizing Adaptive Work.” Chapter 4 in Leadership Without Easy Answers. Harvard University Press, 1998. ISBN: 9780674518582.

3 Distributed leadership

Carlile, Arthur E. “MacGregor.” Organizational Dynamics 5, no. 1 (1996): 50-62.

Fleming, Lee. “Photovoltaic Breakthrough.” Harvard Business School Case. Harvard Business School Publishing. Case: 9-604-034, September 4, 2003.

4 Team processes Ancona, Deborah G., Thomas A. Kochan, Maureen Scully, John Van Maanen, and D. Eleanor Westney. “Team Processes.” Module 5 in Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. South-Western College Publishing, 2004. ISBN: 9780324055757.
5 Transformational leadership

Klein, Janice. Chapters 2 and 3 in True Change: How Outsiders on the Inside Get Things Done in Organizations. Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2004. ISBN: 9780787974732.

Gerstner, Louis V., Jr. Chapters 20-22 in Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance. Harper Collins Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 9780060523794.

Leonard, Frank S. “Hank Kolb, Director, Quality Assurance.” Harvard Business School Case. Harvard Business School Publishing. Case: 9-681-083, March 1, 1981.

6 Don Davis/Bill Hanson  
7 Leadership development planning and alum panel  
8 Leadership, ethics, and authority (Leigh Hafrey)

Bolt, Robert. A Man for All Seasons. Vintage Books, 1990. ISBN: 9780679728221.


The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears, 2006.

9 Leadership: Innovation and social control (Leigh Hafrey)

Hagel, John, and John Seely Brown. “Innovating on the Edge of Big Waves.” Business Week, January 20, 2008.

Joy, Bill. “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us.” Wired, April 2000.

Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. “Once Upon a Planet.” Chapter 15 in Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. Back Bay Books, 2008. ISBN: 9780316353007.


Riding Giants, directed by Stacy Peralta, 2004.

10 Leadership reaction course  
11 Reflections on summer teams and leadership  

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