Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

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Thesis or dissertation

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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: Erek J. Ostrowski, PhD


This capstone explores/examines my personal journey of learning and development with the use of narrative coaching, storytelling, self-authorship, and self-definition as tools for identity creation. It explores supporting literature to inform stories that have yet to be told. It contributes to overarching literature and commentary on the individual’s ability to create themselves with ownership and understanding of agentic identity. Exploration of authenticity, creativity, and intuition as constructive tools are presented here and juxtaposed with the psychology of narrative identity and narrative structure.


storytelling, self-authorship, self-definition, coaching, narrative coaching, narrative identity, narrative structure, agentic identity, growth, personal development



Date Posted: 14 February 2022