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The Art & Science of Understanding Paradox in Organizations

The Art & Science of Understanding Paradox in Organizations

Course Number
DYNM 620 001
Course Code
DYNM620001
Course Key
68882
Day(s)
Wednesday
Time
6:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisites
Non-DYNM students: https://www.lps.upenn.edu/degree-programs/dynamics/course-permit
Primary Program
Course Note
DYNM Category: A. DYNM Concentration: LMC. This hybrid course will have its first meeting on a Sunday, TBA. The remainder of the meetings will be weekly on Wednesdays.
Course Description
This course introduces multiple approaches to understand and interpret the paradoxes that baffle us, such as: 1) Why is ht that we go to hospitals to be healed and get well, but we leave sick and infected? 2) How is it that we come together to do purposeful work and end up doing mundane, boring tasks? 3) Why is it that banks were created to protect and ensure financial security, but banks have caused a global recession? 4) Why do we not learn from history? Why do we repeat the mistakes we have made before? 5) Why is it that the "Developed and Advanced" countries of the world are destroying the planet? This highly interactive, flexible, and remarkably diverse online course will offer frames to observe the paradox in ourselves, our families, our friendships, our workplace, and our relationships with individuals, teams, and systems--the three units of analysis that constitute every paradoxical situation. Paradox appears in our organizations, our relationships, and our experience as contributing members and leaders of our society. The value proposition of this course is for managers, leaders, and strategic thinkers who wish to understand the art and science behind the paradoxes in the systems within which we live and operate--the visible and the invisible and the rational and irrational. Understanding the unconscious forces that lead to inconsistencies and contradictions will help us be resilient in the face of paradox. This online course will have weekly synchronous and asynchronous sessions of 2-3 hours in length. Through guest speakers and multiple interdisciplinary discussions, we will explore many angles of our understanding of paradoxes. Course grading will be based on class participation, contribution to the collective wisdom, and academic excellence in written assignments. 
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