Education

Washington University Syllabus

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Individual and Organizational Introspection U87-435 Course Syllabus  Washington University Fall 2017   This course is designed to assist students in taking maximum advantage of the educational potential and personal development opportunity found by being introspective, personally and, if so desired, in the work setting.  The course provides a framework for students to be reflective about their personal growth objectives, their strengths and weaknesses in a personal and organizational context and their desire for future personal and career direction. It also provides students with a...

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Teacher Unions

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Commentary by Glenn Detrick – I have two cartoons on my refrigerator. Cartoons often seem to hit the nail directly on the head in a way which leads one to say, “Ouch! That certainly is true!” The first cartoon is a B.C. which shows a little school house classroom with a student saying, “Wake up, teech!” In the second frame the student continues, “I don’t believe you fell asleep!” In the third frame the teacher responds, “It’s okay. I’ve got tenure.” The second cartoon is a one frame Mallard Fillmore: “So… under this restaurant’s ‘mandatory...

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Don’t Send Your Kid to Occidental College

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A Parent’s Perspective by Glenn Detrick – Focusing on the difference between objectives and outcomes is critical in life. In business, if one starts a company with the objective of making money, one is very likely to fail. If, on the other hand, one begins a business with the objective of serving a need and providing premium service to the customer, the business is likely, as an outcome, to make money. In education, I would hypothesize that the vast majority of undergraduate students have as their primary objective to complete a college degree. A subordinated objective is to learn...

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An Interview with Russell L. Ackoff

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By Glenn Detrick – Academy of Management Learning and Education Volume 1, Issue 1 September 2002 Russell L. Ackoff is one of the pioneers in management education. With an undergraduate degree in architecture and a PhD in philosophy, Ackoff is one of the founders of operations research and systems thinking, linking science and business. Influential in management thinking for the entire second half of the 20th century, Ackoff has published 22 books and over 200 articles in journals and books, on a myriad of topics. His illustrious academic career has played out primarily at Case...

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