Well, I've heard both arguments, both sides supported by phd's and others. One approach for endurance type of training with resistance is Javorek's approach, which usully keeps the reps in the 12-20 range, intensities of around 50-60%, however, many sets are used, with short rest breaks between them. He also uses complexe for this as well (circuits done with NO rest inbetween exercises, all done with the same weight) An example of his philosophy is here.
Now, on the other hand, going along with your periodized style of training, is the Bompa approach.Tudor O. Bompa has written several books dealing with periodization models. "Serious Strength Training" and "Periodization Training for Sports". In his first book, he does in fact lay out a set / rep scheme similar to what you have mentioned,but it is a cutting pase for bodybuilders, and not necessarily a strength - endurance phase. I'm not at all sure I agree with this approach, but it is in the book.
Peronally, I prefer crossfit.com's version, which is a combination of everything, high intensity, low reps, low volume, lower intensity, high volume with high reps, and just about everything in between, in a somewhat random pattern.