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: Janet Greco


Employee-organization relationships have been extensively studied in the organizational behavior and development literature, and their characteristics have been described by various metaphors. In spite of this, there appears to be the potential to explore an additional metaphor to describe a specific expression of that relationship: The Organization as a Romantic Partner.

This paper conducts an exploratory examination of the organizational dynamics that create the conditions for employees to develop and demonstrate cognitive and emotional behavior toward their employing organization that parallel similar behaviors in romantic interpersonal relationships.

The framework of this examination is a literature review in the form of an academic explication of a corporate TEDx talk given to employees of a global, Fortune 500 corporation. During this explication, the relevance and validity of the metaphor to employee work life is tested.

This paper contributes to ongoing research regarding employee-organization relationships by providing an additional lens for study and research of the positive and negative consequences of these relationships while presenting potential solutions.


employee, organization, organizational behavior



Date Posted: 09 September 2014