Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Phenomenological Inquiry of Asian Indian Immigrant Leaders in the U.S. Information Technology Industry
by Skaria, Saju, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2018, 269; 10784204
Abstract (Summary)

The effect of culture on leadership strategies, goals, and behavior of business organizations have been a major focus of leadership researchers. The current study is a significant addition to the broader field of leadership studies involving ethnic and socio-cultural aspects of a prominent but understudied population in leadership literature. Asian Indian immigrants play a vital role in the US Information Technology Industry. However, no extensive research has been published on Asian Indian techno-immigrants. Study of the available literature indicated a general problem of underrepresentation of Asian Indian immigrants in IT organizations at high-level leadership positions in the United States. Despite the perceived glass ceiling, several Asian Indian immigrants have achieved notable success and attained high-level leadership positions in the U.S. IT industry. The current hermeneutic phenomenological study focuses understudied areas within scholarly literature. The study explored the lived experience of Asian Indian immigrants in high-level leadership positions in the U.S. Information Technology industry and the impact of their racial and sociocultural identity on being high-level leaders in the U.S. IT sector. The current phenomenological inquiry uncovered six essential themes from the data analysis that includes: (1) socio-cultural experience, (2) advanced technology skills, (3) leadership competency, (4) ethnic identity and assimilation, (5) personal and family sacrifices and (6) sustainment of motivation. And, the study provides an in-depth insight of the lived experiences, perspectives, and thoughts of IT leaders of Asian Indian origin about winning themes and address "glass ceiling" issues that limit the growth of aspiring leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kass, Mark
Commitee: Berry, Catherine, Harris, Robert
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Advanced Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Management, Information Technology
Keywords: Asian indian, Glass ceiling, Immigrants, Leadership, Phenomenology, Socio-cultural identity
Publication Number: 10784204
ISBN: 9780355824377
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