This course beigns with a three-day workshop. Following the workshop, it meets once per week for eight weeks.

LEC # Day Topics Assignments Due
1 Friday - Sunday

Workshop Day 1: Enacted Systems-Dynamics

Overview of Workshop.
Introduction to Enacted Systems View of Organizations.
Simulation: Enacting a Production-distribution System.
Simulation Debriefing and Analysis: Personal and Interpersonal.
Grounds for Reflectiveness: Developing a Personal Vision.

Workshop Day 2: Enacted Systems-Sensemaking

Formation of Learning Circles.
Simulation Debriefing and Analysis: Systemic.
Increasing Awareness: Multiple Points of View.
Cultivating Leadership Capability: Making Choices.

Workshop Day 3: Enacted Systems-Change

Learning Circles.
Conditions for Healthy Change: Dialogue.
Course Format, Content, Exercises, and Expectations.
Building Shared Vision.

Pre-Workshop Reading

Senge, P. “The Leaders’ New Work: Building Learning Organizations.” Sloan Management Review 32, 1 (1990): pp. 7-23.

2 Friday

Change Models

Role of Technology in Change.
Role of “Leaders” in Change.


Argyris, C. “Teaching Smart People How to Learn.” Harvard Business Review 5, 1991 (reprint 91301).

Orlikowski, W. J. “Learning from Notes.” Information Society, 9, 1993, pp.237-250.

Reflections Paper 1 (all)

3 Friday

Social Nature of Knowing

Embodiment Exercise.
Evolution of “Knowledge Management.”
Embodiment Exercises Lead by Groups A & B.


Brown, J. S., and Duguid, P. “Balancing Act: How to Capture Knowledge Without Killing It.” Harvard Business Review 5, 2000 (reprint R00309).

Group Assignment (groups A & B)

4 Friday

Sensemaking and Artifacts

Embodiment Exercise.
Ways of Seeing: Mental Maps.
Embodiment Exercises Lead by Groups C & D.


Senge, P. M. “Mental Models.” In The Fifth Discipline. New York: Doubleday, 1990, pp. 174-204.

Starbuck, W. H. “Why Organizations Run into Crises… and Sometimes Survive Them.” In Information Technology and Management Strategy. Edited by K. C. Laudon and Jon Turner. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1989, pp. 11-33.

Weick, K. E. “Cosmos and Chaos: Sense and Nonsense in Electronic Contexts.” Organizational Dynamics. Autumn 1985, pp. 51-64.

Group Assignment (groups C & D)

Personal Report (groups A & B)

5 Friday

Interpersonal Dimensions of Change

Embodiment Exercise.
Collective Leadership in Action.
Guest speaker: Roger Saillant, President & CEO, Plug Power.
Embodiment Exercise Lead by Groups E & F.


Isaacs. W. Dialogue: The Art of Thinking Together. New York: Doubleday, 1999: pp. 17-48; 321-335.

Weick, K. E. “Prepare Your Organization to Fight Fires.” Harvard Business Review (May-Jun 1996): pp. 143-148 (reprint 96311).

Group Assignment (groups E & F)

Personal Report (groups C & D)

6 Friday  

Reflections Paper 2 (all)

Personal Report (groups E & F)

7 Friday

Creating Space for Change

Embodiment Exercise.
Developing Capacity to Change.
Guest speaker: Molly Baldwin, Executive Director, Roca, Inc.
Embodiment Exercise Lead by Groups G & H.


Hotchkiss, M., C. Kelley, R. Ott, and J. F. Elter. “The Lakes Story.” Reflections 1, 4 (2000): pp. 24-31.

Scharmer, O., et al. Human Purpose, Institutional Transformation, and the Field of the Future [forthcoming]. Chapter TBA.

Group Assignment (groups G & H)

8 Friday

Course Themes and Reflections

Review of Course Themes, Concepts, Lessons and Implications.


Kofman, F., and P. Senge. “Communities of Commitment.” Organization Dynamics. Autumn 1993: pp. 5-23.

Senge, P. M. “Leadership in Living Organizations.” In Leading Beyond the Walls. Edited by F. Hasselbein, M. Goldsmith, and I. Somerville. The Drucker Foundation, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1999.

Senge, P. M., and G. Carstedt. “Innovating our Way to the Next Industrial Revolution.” Sloan Management Review (Jan-Feb 2001).

Personal Report (groups G & H)

9 Friday  

Final Reflections Paper (all)