OD in Afghanistan: A comparison of values and A proposal of What is Essential About OD


  • Suzanne M Zaldivar, MSOD American University Inspired Inc.


This article explores how the sometimes hidden power of cultural context, in Afghanistan and in the practice of OD, impacted the change consulting process.  Since the original publication of this article, more cross-cultural models have been developed and the dialogue about how to adapt OD methodologies across cultures has become more prominent.  OD continues to be in a unique position to succeed in complex, cross-cultural environments due to two of its key elements: use of self and action research.  Embodying them enables crucial skills, indispensable when consulting within challenging environments. 

Author Biography

Suzanne M Zaldivar, MSOD, American University Inspired Inc.

Suzanne Zaldivar, MSOD, is co-founder of Inspired-Inc, an international organization development and executive coaching firm whose clients range from Fortune 50 and global organizations to small companies and non-profits.  In addition to her consulting and coaching work, Suzanne is an adjunct professor with American University’s master’s program in OD, has taught in the Business Department of Trinity University and has guest lectured at New York University.  She serves on the executive committee of the International OD Association. She can be reached at smz@inspired-inc.com.