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literature; multi-disciplinary; parenting psychology; leadership practices
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This thesis aims to cross examine the philosophy, history, and psychology of power dynamics as seen in literature, teamwork case studies, and parenting styles. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein defines what it means to be in an unequal power dynamic. This thesis develops Shelley’s story into one of interpersonal relationship philosophy. It is both counter argument and continuation of the cited works. Management case studies support the philosophical claims through comparison of fictional, hypothetical, and real-life scenarios. Over the course of research, an unexpected discovery placed trust-based conflict at the core of innovative team success. This thesis shows the long history of successful conflict in three fields heavily centered on power structures. Their methods to achieving idealistic operating conditions were all the same. Being genuinely curious, building trust, and finding commonalities between ourselves and others are as timeless as they are familiar. This work takes this concept of story analysis a step further by conducting parallel analyses between cases and literature to unite the humanities with the rigidity of the business world.