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Argyris, Chris, 1923-2013

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Definition: Argyris, Chris (1923–) from

The AMA Dictionary of Business and Management

American business theorist, Professor Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and a Thought Leader at Monitor Group. He is best known for his seminal work in the area of learning organizations. In his book Action Science (1985) he advocated solutions to practical problems by generating new knowledge. Other terms developed by Argyris includes actionable knowledge, ladder of inference, and double loop learning. His books include Flawed Advice and Management Trap: How Managers Can Know When They are Getting Good Advice and When They Are Not (2000), On Organizational Learning (1993), and Personality and Organization: The Conflict Between the System and the Individual (1957).

Summary Article: Argyris, Chris from Encyclopedia of the History of American Management
Chris Argyris was born in Newark, New Jersey on 16 July 1923, the son of Stephan and Sophia Argyris. He grew up in Greece and New Jersey. According to Lundberg (1998), Argyris had in some respects a difficult childhood, particularly at school where he was a member of a minority group and had – initially – a limited command of English. This experience ‘instilled in him two enduring characteristics: a propensity to examine himself carefully to discover his deficiencies, and a desire to work hard to change himself’ (Lundberg 1998: 19). He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Signals during the Second World War, and afterwards went to Clark University, from which he graduated with an AB in 1947. He completed his MA at Kansas University in 1949, and his Ph.D. at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1951. He married Renee Brocoum in 1950; they have two children. On completing his Ph.D., Argyris joined the faculty of Yale University. He serve...    Continue Reading

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