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: Charline S. Russo, Ed.D.


This capstone recounts a story of two merging paths. The first path is a story of navigating a life-changing medical diagnosis, self-realization, and managing transitions. The second path is a story of personal development via experiences and key learnings from the University of Pennsylvania Master of Science Organizational Dynamics program. The two paths are purposefully intertwined in a story format to reveal the zigs and zags of personal growth, as well as the literature and teachings that shaped me while navigating a new normal. This capstone focuses on topics of introspection, managing transitions, dealing with ambiguity, and organizational leadership. I hope this paper serves as an inspiration for those undergoing a personal transformation or navigating ambiguity as the result of a life-changing event. The paper shows how organizational change and leadership frameworks have tremendous value when used as reflection tools at an individual level.


self-realization, managing transitions, personal development, new normal



Date Posted: 02 September 2022