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Just skims the surface...but not in a good way
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.