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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2008
I used this book to teach a graduate, professional course on Organizational Change on the recommendation of a colleague. Its key strength is that it is concise and therefore a good choice for working students without much time to spend on a full-length textbook. However, the advantages end with the short length; the book skims over so much material that could be of great utility in the interest of brevity, and it is missing a surprising number of key ideas and perspectives that are present in most other organizational change textbooks.

Consequently, in some respects I have trouble figuring out the intended audience for the book. Although the length and tone suggests that the intended audience is managers and professional students, many of the points that it raises are fairly "common sense" issues for someone with management experience, and the bold-faced terms that it emphasizes are oftentimes simplistic or common bits of jargon. My non-traditional graduate students didn't seem to get much out of it. On the other hand, traditional students and researchers are likely to be bothered by the spotty coverage, shallow depth, and lack of firm theoretical grounding. Overall, I would only recommend this book if reading constraints are a serious issue that you have to take into account for you or your students, and I would be sure to supplement with lectures, cases, etc. designed to fill in the gaps.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
I read a negative review posted by an MBA professor, but while his opinion would be accurate at a Master's level, it is not valid at the Bachelor's level. Five classes away from my Bachelor's in Organizational Management, Spector's book was a breath of fresh air after all the theory I've been reading for the past year. I recognized the theories in use, from leadership to communication to adult development, but found the vocabulary and the examples to be highly useful. This is not a cookbook, but it is a great introduction into how one might apply the many theories with which we have been bombarded. Underclassmen will appreciate this text, and hopefully, so will their professors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2013
It's unfortunate that this book is costly. Two months ago, I bought this book for $2 at my library's used bookstore. (The book had only a few highlights.)

This book is great for a beginner. I am trying to transition from a government career (cut short by major budget cuts) to hopefully a strong career with a private company. I was raised by parents who worked for nonprofits and the government. I worked in criminal justice administration straight out of college for over a dozen years. It's safe to say that I need to learn more about the private sector before applying for mid-level managerial positions. I simply did not know how my education and experience translated into a job with a Fortune 500 company.

Professor Spector's book has helped me understand the basics e.g. how companies are structured, what business models mean, how CEOs can really help and hurt a company, what people mean when they say organiztaion redesign, Sigma Six, and 30 Rock TV show's constant jokes about GE execs. I found this book incredibly valuable. Small things do matter. Ever since changing the job titles on my resume from "personnel investigative administrator III" to "senior HR business partner", I have been invited to interviews - there which I explain that my official government job title and duties equates to what the private industry terms a Sr HR BP does. During interviews and in my writing samples, I use business vernacular to show how I understand the company's vision while being sensitive to their shareholder's concerns. I've advanced to phase 3 of interviews in which I am now scrutinized by legal counsel, VPs, and senior VPs -- all of whom will not be the successful candidate's direct supervisor. For the government sector, it's odd to be interviewed by so many higher ups since the idea of building leaders within an organization is rare; Government promotions are usually based on seniority and not by merit alone. I have not received a job offer, but hope that this book is leading me in the right direction.
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on December 9, 2010
This book didn't need to be written. It contains as much actual information about organizational change as a chapter over change in an organizational development textbook. The author feels the need to fling a mind-numbing amount of technical terms at the reader, with very little depth at all. The cases included in the book were a breath of fresh air, but they were largely skimmed over and did not appear with enough frequency to break up its monotony.

I think, at the end of the day, this book just doesn't work. It's not a casebook to look at instances of organizational change, and it doesn't add anything relevant that can't be acquired from an organizational development book. It's too non-serious to get into heavy theory, and it's too focused on inundating you with technical information that it skims over to be easily applied to real-world situations.

My recommendation: look elsewhere if you're seeking a book over managing change.
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on March 22, 2011
I purchased this book for school because it was required. For the price it seems quite thin. However, the price on here was WAY cheaper than what my school bookstore charged. I have also found a couple of typos (firm instead of fire, and instead of an). But since the book was necessary for school, it was not a bad purchase. As far as content, it is good and covers a lot of information. My only complaint is the price since the typos might have just been an oddity.
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on August 10, 2011
Purchased book used, with some highlighting, but in good condition otherwise. The author covers the material thoroughly and succinctly. It is not a lengthy book, but the information is presented in an understandable manner and does not prose on and on. Definitely a good choice if studying organizational change (need for change, types of changes, and how to implement them effectively.
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on October 24, 2011
The product is way over priced for the material provided. I have seen similar text at a quarter of the cost. This book is way over a reasonable amount and I would recommend people use an online verson and not pay over $100.00 for this brief text.
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on September 4, 2012
If you're looking at this and wondering if you can get a quality college book for this cheap, you can! Very happy with the whole process and I received a book in very good shape for pennies on the dollar compared to the bookstore.
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on January 22, 2013
I had a few books that had been "sandpaper across the eyeballs," this was not one of them. It is one of the few textbooks that I kept for my personal library.
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on November 26, 2013
Great book. I bought this for one of my classes and really enjoyed reading it. It is very practical and an interesting read.
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