Graduate Studies Journal of Organizational Dynamics: Volume 2, Issue 1

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    Philadelphia's Water Supply: How Human Capital and Collaboration Can Overcome Significant Man-Made Challenges
    (2013-01-16) Harris, Montgomery
    This paper focuses on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania water supply – past, present, and future – and makes the case that stakeholder collaboration is essential to preserve and enhance this important resource. I argue that without proper planning and funding allocations, the water supply of Philadelphia could be compromised, and by 2050 Philadelphians could learn that an inexpensive, seemingly endless supply of water is substantially diminished. Public awareness is critical as Philadelphia and the United States are both likely to move into an era of water scarcity and onerous water pricing models. The more stakeholders work together to prepare for future strains on their key natural resource, the better the quality of life will be for people and for the other inhabitants of our natural world.
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    A Hint of This and a Pinch of That: Theories That Inform Coaching and Consulting
    (2013-01-16) Gloss, Erica J
    This paper explores five theories that inform the academics and practice of organizational consulting and executive coaching: multi-dimensional executive coaching, adult transformational learning, emotional intelligence, cognitive behavior theory, and positive psychology. I discuss themes within these theories including the use of self as a tool to understand organizational environments, examination of the individual through the lens of systemic forces, establishment of positive perspectives, and the importance of qualifying and quantifying coaching outcomes. I argue that by using these theories and themes as intervention frameworks and processes, consulting and coaching models and practices can be flexible, grounded in construct, and organizationally integrated in terms of the client and the coach.
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    A Car Ride Home
    (2013-01-16) McGinley, Michael
    Storytelling is an often-overlooked tool that invites and engages one to become a participant within an unfolding experience. The stories presented for the graduate course, DYNM 673: Stories in Organizations: Tools for Executive Development were written to show how to use narrative as a vehicle to explore the meaning of an incident and to appreciate divergent points of view. The paper was also written to demonstrate the efficacy of storytelling as a medium for deeper learning and understanding. Because they concern conflict based on differing perceptions, both are organizational challenges that managers face daily. Effective management requires reflection on how competing opinions influence interpretation of a problem and how conflict affects decision making and problem solving. Suggestions for enabling effective reflection are offered through a review of literature, organizational examples, and the use of the opening narrative.