John Pourdehnad

Larry M Starr2
Alan M Barstow1
2Larry M Starr
1Alan M Barstow
1Courtney L Wright
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  • Hillary Wittich, John Pourdehnad, Hillary G Wittich, John, Advisor Pourdehnad, Ana +2 others
  • 2014
The purpose of this Capstone is to explore the possible roles Information Technology (IT) could play in the success of the organization as it transforms into a workplace capable of adapting to the disruptive nature of digital technology. This is accomplished by identifying the positive value to the organization provided by digital technology and social(More)
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(More)
  • Scott Larmore, Jean-Marc Choukroun, Way Comments, Jean-Marc, Choukroun, John Pourdehnad +1 other
  • 2014
This thesis presents a methodical analysis of what a Subject Matter Expert (SME) is and how the SME can actually work toward adding value to the project organization. This analysis was completed using current literature, including that of the Project Management Institute (PMI), on both the value of SME's and the analytical tools available to assist the SME(More)
This capstone examines the root cause of the ineffectiveness of a centralized Investigational New Drug (IND) core within a research department of a large Academic Health Center (AHC). This capstone utilized an organizational diagnosis approach to collect data to determine what is and is not contributing to the success of the core. The hypotheses of this(More)
  • Pericles S Giannaris, John Pourdehnad, Pericles Stavros Giannaris, Advisor, Alan M Barstow, Larry M Starr +5 others
  • 2014
This capstone describes how Interactive Planning, a methodology of Systems Thinking, was implemented to address complex organizational problems. The paper focuses on how a group of scholars from the graduate program of Organizational Dynamics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania addressed the systemic problems of the(More)
This thesis argues that designing solutions can't just be left to experts and leadership; it needs to incorporate the creativity, ideas and expertise of the entire workforce. This thesis specifically looks at the U. S. Coast Guard and how it can involve users in designing technology for the complex problems facing our service. As we are asked to do more and(More)
This paper explores the relationship between Systems and Design Thinking. It specifically looks into the role of Design in Systems Thinking and how looking at the world through a systems lens influences Design. Our intention is to show the critical concepts developed in the Systems and Design Thinking fields, their underlying assumptions, and the ways in(More)
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