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Critical Grad Student Review
on November 4, 2013
This text served as required reading when I took Dr. Anderson's Organizational Development course during the Spring 2013 quarter at the University of Denver. Despite being largely disappointed with the majority of required reading throughout my graduate study, this was by far the best and most helpful text. Dr. Anderson does a wonderful job of synthesizing what many OD, consulting, and organizational design experts say and compiling it into a solid text. The text combines solid theory with realistic case studies and even personal anecdotes. Instead of being a generic, monotone work, it is almost as if you can hear his voice and passion for the subject. Chapters and sections are very well-organized, making it easy to revisit previous sections. He also provides some solid insider advice and is quite honest about what works and what doesn't. The built-in case studies offer many chances to practice what you just learned. I highly recommend this text to be used in conjunction with Cases and Exercises in Organization Development & Change. Finally, Dr. Anderson does well to appeal to learners with a visual sense by including many easy to follow diagrams and charts.
Perhaps my only critical advice would be to include a section at the end of the text with a graphical organizer which breaks down the different types of interventions and categorizes them by individual, group, and organization.