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A Collection of Stories from Penn's Organizational Dynamics Program

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My Organizational Dynamics Journey

The Beauty of Teaching in Penn’s MSOD Program

The beauty of teaching Organizational Dynamics is that students ask powerful, challenging questions. On the last day of class a student asked privately: “I am tired of waiting for my organization’s leaders to lead; how I can lead from the middle?”

A Journey of Valuable Learning

I’ve learned over the years that people change.  When I left college, I was done with school. I had had enough!  Sixteen straight years of school was enough.  I had to get on with my life, stop learning and get… Continue Reading →

Swimming Abroad

It was the first day of my Perspectives on Organizational Dynamics class, and I was a little nervous since this was my first graduate course in the U.S. I can compare my feelings that day to the feelings I had… Continue Reading →

On the Shoulders of Giants

Foundation for Personal and Professional Life

Organizational Dynamics has provided an essential foundation for my personal and professional life. While nearly every course was an amazing experience, two standout above all: Business Growth Strategies, taught by Eric van Merkensteijn, and Organizational Experience: Self, Roles and Expectations,… Continue Reading →

Exciting New Learning Experiences Create the Confidence to Attempt New Opportunities

I had a rewarding and exciting career in sales and marketing in the information technology sector, primarily with the IBM Corporation. While working I earned a MA from Villanova University and an MBA from Penn State University, and I enjoyed… Continue Reading →

My Favorite Classroom

We walked into a war zone.  No, really – we did.  Belfast, Northern Ireland.  July 1998.  DYNM 750.  It was one of the most impactful experiences of my life…of our lives.  It was three months after the fragile Good Friday… Continue Reading →

Dynamics Duo – Adam and Tiffany and Penn’s Organizational Dynamics Program

The Secret Decoder Ring for Changemakers

Have you ever wished you had a secret decoder ring to help you navigate the complexities of organizations? A superpower to help you address the issues that emerge wherever people and processes intersect, especially during times of uncertainty?

Organizational Dynamics Can Be Transformational

Organizational Dynamics was a transformational experience for me. Prior to enrolling in the program, I had naturally thought about how there is generally more complexity behind good decisions and sustainable strategies than many people around me cared to admit or… Continue Reading →

Exploring Your Surroundings

Imagine a large, multi-year project that your work group has just begun pursuing.  This effort has large implications on the organization and its future going forward, while representing a paradigm shift in the way you and your team conducts business. … Continue Reading →

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