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Chris Argyris (1923-2013): An Appreciation

Chris Argyris’ work was driven by a fundamental faith in human nature. His optimism was bolstered by his considerable intellect. Argyris was a formidable thinker – even by the lofty standards of his employer, Harvard Business School.

Argyris was brought up in the New York suburbs and spent some time in Greece with his grandparents. Prior to joining Harvard he was at Yale where he was a professor of administrative science. His qualifications embraced psychology, economics and organizational behavior. He became the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School in 1971.

Argyris’ early work concentrated . . .

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