Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Career influences: A phenomenological study of African American professionals in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry
by Smartt, Rudolph W., Ph.D., Capella University, 2008, 205; 3320724
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative research study used a phenomenological approach to explore, interpret, and describe the lived experiences of 15 African American professionals in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. The study addressed (a) the major influences that led the study participants to careers in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry; (b) the challenges that the study participants experienced in gaining and retaining successful careers in that industry; (c) the ways in which the study participants were able to overcome those challenges; and (d) the advice that the study participants would give to African American students and professionals who aspire to careers in that industry. The conclusions drawn from the study were (a) the U.S. pharmaceutical industry is still attractive because of the myriad career opportunities it offers; (b) African Americans face many barriers to entry and successful careers in the industry; i.e., racism, lack of mentors and role models, lack of higher education, and low socio-economic status; (c) the pharmaceutical industry could do more to attract, hire, and retain African American professionals. The study emphasized the need for higher education among African Americans, especially in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET), to help them increase their representation in the pharmaceutical industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Braye, Rubye H.
Commitee: Clemons, Hank, Robinson, Gary
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 69/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: African Americans, Pharmaceuticals, Labor relations
Keywords: African-American, African-American/black, Barriers, Career influences, Mentoring, Pharmaceutical industry, Pharmaceuticals, Professionals, Recruitment, Role-modeling, United States
Publication Number: 3320724
ISBN: 9780549741725
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