Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

November 2007

Comments

Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics in the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania
Advisor: Larry Starr

Abstract

This thesis, informed by my learning in the Organizational Dynamics program, outlines a proposal for starting a management consulting firm focused on helping African entrepreneurs. I describe four courses that were instrumental in helping me realize where my academic and entrepreneurial strengths and interests lay and which also contributed to my vision to start a management consulting firm focused on African entrepreneurship. I provide a brief historical perspective of Sub-Saharan African economies which indicates that they are indeed growing and attracting foreign direct investment as well as generating local entrepreneurial activity. I argue that it makes economic and business sense to start a consulting firm that focuses on helping Africa entrepreneurs become better business managers especially in the field of human capital management. I conclude by presenting data that support this view as well as a proposal of the management consulting initiative.

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Date Posted: 16 May 2008