Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics Theses

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

5-10-2022

Comments

Submitted to the Program of Organizational Dynamics, College of Liberal and Professional Studies in the 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: Kimberly Torres, Ph.D.

Abstract

In this final paper for course DYNM668, I will lay out the framework, theoretical underpinnings, and research objectives for my qualitative research study which aims to understand the young millennial experience at work. This paper will provide a foundation of current research, why I have been drawn to explore this topic, and what this research will add to the current literature. As humans, work is a substantial part of our adult lives; having a fundamental understanding of work and its role in an individual’s life is essential to helping people (Flores & Ojeda, 2009). Understanding how people can best work and live is critical to enhancing personal wellbeing, performance at work, in life, and benefits the health of our society (Flores, Ojeda, 2009). With millennials now the majority age group in the workforce (Gallup, 2016), I want to better understand a younger subset of this generation’s motivations for staying within an organization and explore the role that prioritizing employee wellbeing and utilization of strengths plays within organizational commitment in order to positively impact and reshape the future of organizational culture.

Keywords

Organizational commitment, employee wellbeing, positive psychology, millennial, corporate culture, company loyalty, COVID-19, The Great Resignation

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Date Posted: 07 June 2022