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 in the Graduate Division of 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: John Pourdehnad


This capstone threads theories on work, play, and learning in order to present their integration as a new, future construct of the organizational experience. I argue that that an organization’s true competitive advantage is the quality of work life of its employees. To substantiate this view, I employ a cross-disciplinary framework to explore the psychodynamic relationship between employee and the organization. I also recommend additional studies on the interplay of work, play, and learning in the organizational context.



Date Posted: 20 August 2010