A special issue of Management Learning is dedicated to Argyris and in it you will find assessments of his impact on organizational learning over the past three decades. See especially: "Constructing Contributions to Organizational Learning: Argyris and the Next Generation" and "On the Virtues of Practising Scholarship: A Tribute to Chris Argyris, a 'Timeless Learner". As well see the following essay by two Ivey scholars: Hari Bapuji and Mary Crossan: "From Questions to Answers: Reviewing Organizational Learning Research,", p.397. The special issue is available to you electronically: Management Learning, Vol.35, No.4, Dec. 2004.
Argyris was born in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Clark and Kansas University before completing his Ph.D. at Cornell in the early 1950s. Since that time he has published a great deal as the bibliography below indicates. For additional biographical information see the IEBM Handbook of Management Thinking. For an interview see "A Conversation With Chris Agryris: The Father of Organizational Learning", by Robert Fulmer, Organizational Dynamics, Vol.27, No.2, Autumn, 1998, p.21. Some additional biographical information is found at the end of this document, the purpose of which is to introduce you to the corpus of work by and about Argyris that is available in the Western Libraries.
Books in the Western Libraries by Argyris
(Listed in reverse chronological order)
Organizational Traps: Leadership, Culture, Organizational Design, HD58.7.A74 2010
The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, HD30.15.B455 2005
Reasons and Rationalization: The Limits to Organizational Knowledge, HD58.82.A74 2004 [electronic resource]
Flawed Advice and the Management Trap: How Managers Can Know They're Getting Good Advice and When They're Not, HD69.C6A698 2000 [electronic resource]
The Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management, HD30.15.C66 1998
Organizational Learning II: Theory, Method, and Practice, HD58.8.A752 1996
Knowledge for Action: A Guide to Overcoming Barriers to Organizational Change, HD58.8.A744 1993
Theory in Practice: Increasing Professional Effectiveness, LC1059.A73 1992
Overcoming Organizational Defenses: Facilitating Organizational Learning, HD58.8.A753 1990
Strategy, Change, and Defensive Routines, HD58.8.A755 1985
Increasing Leadership Effectiveness, LC5219.A7 1984
Reasoning, Learning, and Action, BF441.A64 1982
Inner Contradictions of Rigorous Research, Q180.55.S62A73 1980
Organizational Learning: A Theory of Action Perspective, HD58.8.A75 1978
Increasing Leadership Effectiveness, LC5219.A7 1976
Behind The Front Page: Organizational Self Renewal In A Metropolitan Newspaper, PN4867.A68 1974
The Applicability of Organizational Sociology, HF5548.8.A77 1974
On Organizations of the Future, TA157.S39 1973
The Applicability of Organizational Sociology, HF5548.8.A77 1972
Management and Organizational Development: The Path From XA to YB, HF5549.A8969 1971
Intervention Theory and Method: A Behavioral Science View, HD38.A682 1970
Organization and Innovation, HD31.A659 1965
Interpersonal Competence and Organizational Effectiveness, HM131.A7 1962
Social Science Approaches to Business Behavior, HD59.S77 1962
Integrating the Individual and the Organization, HF5549.A896 1960
Understanding Organizational Behavior, HD31.A66 1960
Personality and Organization, the Conflict Between System and the Individual, HD31.A695p 1957
Diagnosing Human Relations in Organizations: A Case Study of a Hospital, HD30.Y3 1956
Organizational Structure and Dynamics: A Framework for Theory, HM251.B27 1954
Executive Leadership: An Appraisal of a Manager in Action, HD31.A65 1953
An Introduction to Interaction Theory and Field Theory, HM291.A7 1952
Additional Books in the Western Libraries Containing Material By or About Argyris
(Listed in reverse chronological order - click on the title for additional bibliographic information)
Handbook of Organization Development, HD58.8.H3613 2008
The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers who Reinvented Corporate Management, HD58.8.K57 2008
The Handbook of Experiential Learning and Management Education, LB1027.3.H365 2007
Knowledge Management: Historical and Cross-disciplinary Themes, HD30.2.W344 2007
Practical Action Research for Change, LB1028.24.S45x 2006
Leadership and Management in the 21st Century: Business Challenges of the Future, HD57.7.L42385 2005
Tacit Knowledge in Professional Practice: Researcher and Practioner Perspectives, BF317.5.T33 1999.
Public Sector Performance: Management, Motivation, and Measurement, JF1525.P67P87 1999
Harvard Business Review on Knowledge Management, HD58.82.H37 1998
Delivering Results: A New Mandate for Human Resource, HF5549.D435 1998
The Organization of the Future, HD58.8.O7284 1997
Creating Tomorrow's Organizations: A Handbook for the Future Research in Organizational Behavior,
Applied Communication in the 21st Century, P91.3.A68 1995
The Legalistic Organization, HD58.7.L447 1994
The Learning Imperative: Managing People for Continuous Innovation, HF5549.2.U5L33 1993
Great Writers on Organizations, HM131.P74 1993
The Articulate Executive: Orchestrating Effective Communication, HD30.3.A78 1993
Classics of Organization Theory, HD31.C56 1992
Human Resource Strategies, HF5549.H8753 1992
Values in Action: Applying the Ideas of Argyris and Schön, BF637.C45D53 1990
Executive Integrity: The Search for Hight Human Values in Organizational Life, HF5387.E94 1988
The Management of Strategic Change, HD30.28.M344 1987
The Executive Mind, HD58.7.S7 1983
Selected Articles By Argyris
"Reflection and Beyond in Research in Organizational Learning," Management Learning, Dec 2004; Vol. 35, Iss. 4; pg.507.
"Empowerment: The Emperor's New Clothes;" Harvard Business Review, May/Jun 1998; Vol.76, Iss.3; pg.98.
"Learning and Teaching: A Theory of Action Perspective," Journal of Management Education, Feb 1997; Vol. 21, Iss. 1; pg.9.
"Initiating Change that Perseveres," The American Behavioral Scientist, Jan 1997; Vol. 40, Iss. 3; pg.299.
"Actionable Knowledge: Design causality in the service of consequential theory," The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Dec 1996; Vol.32, Iss.4; pg.390.
"Actionable knowledge: Intent versus actuality," The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Dec 1996; Vol.32, Iss.4; pg.441.
"Unrecognized Defenses of Scholars: Impact on Theory and Research," Organization Science, Jan/Feb 1996; Vol. 7, Iss. 1; pg.79.
"Action Science and Organizational Learning," Journal of Managerial Psychology, 1995, Vol. 10, Iss. 6, pg.20.
"Implementing New Knowledge: The Case of Activity-Based Costing," Accounting Horizons, Sep 1994; Vol. 8, Iss. 3; pg.83.
"Good communication that blocks learning" Harvard Business Review, Jul/Aug 1994; Vol.72, Iss.4; pg.77.
"Education for Leading-Learning," Organizational Dynamics, Winter 1993; Vol.21, Iss.3; pg.5.
"Teaching Smart People How to Learn" Harvard Business Review, May/Jun 1991; Vol.69, Iss.3; pg.99.
"The Dilemma of Implementing Controls: The Case of Managerial Accounting," Accounting, Organizations and Society, 1990; Vol.15, Iss.6; pg.503.
"Managers, Workers, and Organizations," Society, 1990; Vol. 27, Iss. 6, pg.45.
"Strategy Implementation: An Experience in Learning" Organizational Dynamics, Autumn 1989; Vol.18, Iss.2; pg.5.
Argyris; Schon, Donald A. "Participatory Action Research and Action Science Compared," American Behavioral Scientist, May/June 1989; Vol. 32, Iss. 5; pg.612.
"Producing Knowledge that is Generalizable and Usable for Practice: A Review," Accounting, Organizations and Society, 1988; Vol. 13, Iss. 1; pg.101.
"Bridging Economics and Psychology: The Case of the Economic Theory of the Firm," American Psychologist, May 1987; Vol. 42, Iss. 5; pg.456.
"Skilled Incompetence" Harvard Business Review, Sep/Oct 1986; Vol.64, Iss.5; pg.74.
"The Executive Mind and Double-Loop Learning," Organizational Dynamics, Autumn 1982; Vol. 11, Iss. 2; pg.5.
"Some Limitations of the Case Method: Experiences in a Management Development Program," Academy of Management Review, Apr 1980; Vol. 5, Iss. 2; pg.291.
"The Swine Flu Affair: Decision Making on a Slippery Disease," Administrative Science Quarterly, Dec 1979; Vol. 24, Iss. 4; pg.672.
"Is Capitalism the Culprit," Organizational Dynamics, Spring 1978; Vol. 6, Iss. 4; pg.20.
"Organizational Learning and Management Information Systems," Accounting, Organizations and Society, June 1977; Vol. 2, Iss. 2; pg.113.
"Double Loop Learning in Organizations" Harvard Business Review, Sept./Oct. 1977; Vol.55, Iss.5; pg.115.
"Single-Loop and Double-Loop Models in Research on Decision Maiking," Administrative Science Quarterly, Sep 1977; Vol. 21, Iss. 3; pg.363.
"Leadership, Learning and Changing the Status Quo" Organizational Dynamics, Winter 1976; Vol.4, Iss.3; pg.29.
"Personality vs. Organization," Organizational Dynamics, Autumn 1974; Vol. 3, Iss. 2; pg.2.
"Personality and Organization Theory Revisited," Administrative Science Quarterly, June 1973; Vol. 18, Iss. 2; pg.141.
"Some Limits of Rational Man Organizational Theory," Public Administration Review, May/June 1973; Vol. 33, Iss. 3; pg.253.
"The CEO's Behavior: Key to Organiztional Development," Harvard Business Review, Mar/Apr 73; Vol.51,
"Some Unintended Consequences of Rigorous Research," Psychological Bulletin, Sept 1968; Vol. 70, Iss. 3; pg.185.
"Interpersonal Barriers to Decision Making," Harvard Business Review, Mar/Apr 1966; Vol. 44, Iss. 2; pg.84.
"T-Groups for Organizational Learning," Harvard Business Review, Mar/Apr 1964; Vol. 42, Iss. 2; pg.60.
"Organizational Effectiveness Under Stress," Harvard Business Review, May/June 1960; Vol. 38, Iss. 3; pg.137.
"The Organization: What Makes it Healthy?" Harvard Business Review, Nov/Dec 1958; Vol. 36, Iss. 6; pg.107.
"Some Problems in Conceptualizing Organizational Climate: A Case Study of a Bank," Administrative Science Quarterly, Mar 1958; Vol. 2, Iss. 4; pg.501.
"The Individual and Organization: Some Problems of Mutual Adjustment," Administrative Science Quarterly, June 1957; Vol. 21, Iss. 1; pg.1.
"Organizational Leadership and Participative Management", Journal of Business, Jan 1955; Vol. 28, Iss. 1; pg.1.
"The Fusion of an Individual With the Organization", American Sociological Review, June 1954; Vol. 19, Iss. 3; pg.267.
"Human Problems with Budgets," Harvard Business Review, Jan/Feb 1953; Vol. 31, Iss. 1; pg.97.
"Diagnosing Defenses Against the Outsider," Journal of Social Issues, 1952; Vol. 8, Iss. 3; pg.24.
"The Member-Centered Conference as a Research Method II," Human Organization, Spring 1951; Vol. 10, Iss. 1; pg.22.
"The Member-Centered Conference as a Research Method I," Human Organization, Winter 1950; Vol. 9, Iss. 4; pg.5.
Selected Web Resources
The works listed above can be checked against the bibliography provided by the Action Science Network.
For another interview with Argyris see the 1998 issue (1st quarter) of Booz, Allen, Hamilton's Strategy & Business. A print copy is also available in the Business Library.