Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

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Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics, College of Liberal and Professional Studies in 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: Amrita V. Subramanian, MSOD


The study offers a nascent insight around appreciative inquiry (AI) for women veterans. Scarcely researched, the uniqueness of this retrospective study is due to the rare juxtaposition of two domains of women-centered studies with focus on posttraumatic growth in women veterans at Women Veteran Command Center (WVCC). The purpose is to examine AI, as an enduringly effective coaching technique, with its constructive impact on women veterans. The researcher examines eight distinct themes and makes a strong argument for greater use of AI with women veterans to help them create a more fulfilling, meaningful, and rich life and continue the trend of positive growth, personally and professionally, in coaching and therapy. The study advocates for future research in the field of AI and deeper scrutiny into the initial assumption of positive correlation between posttraumatic growth in women veterans and using AI as a coaching technique.


Appreciative Inquiry (AI), women, veterans, coaching, personal growth



Date Posted: 14 December 2021