Check out this photo of a Cal Poly management class from 1968, courtesy of University Archives. The image showcases Professor Phillip Overmeyer conducting a Learn by Doing collective bargaining exercise with his management students, who all negotiated on behalf of different interests.
Tom See (pictured seventh from left) recalls Overmeyer’s class as a unique challenge. “Dr. Overmeyer was an inspiration to many of us,” See said. “Tough as nails, but sincerely interested. He was interested in the development of his students. His stories were full of real adventure, if you could imagine it happening in the business world. He lived during the evolution of the trade known today as human resource management. This course was one of my best experiences at Cal Poly, and it truly prepared me for the trade I chose. Doc taught two other classes that cemented my career path. These were some of the classes that caused the term Learn by Doing to come about.”