Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women and Discourse: A Qualitative Study of Women's Perception of the Effectiveness of Discourse in a Male-Dominant Organization
by Gennaro, Avies Gray, Ph.D., Capella University, 2019, 188; 27542976
Abstract (Summary)

Researchers have extensively studied gender, power, and discourse as it relates to management status. However, a gap in the literature exists regarding women’s perception of the effectiveness of discourse in male-dominant organizations. This generic qualitative study explored women’s perception of the effectiveness of discourse when transiting to management status. The research question, How do women perceive the effectiveness of discourse as they transition from employee to management status? focused on how women’s discourse is accepted, valued, and understood, and whether women’s patterns of discourse affect women’s professional development. A criterion sample of 13 in management level positions within the Southeastern area of the United States were interviewed and narrative analysis employed. Content and themes were determined from transcribed interviews. NVivo Pro 12 computer software was used to link relationships in the study’s entirety. Themes emerged that were associated with women’s perceived effectiveness of discourse were communication, respect, experience, and openness and honesty. These themes are deemed important in building positive and effective relationships between male and female genders in organizational settings and enabling professional development. The study leads to positive social changes by raising the awareness of organizational leadership and women helping to set an agenda for overcoming the intersectionality of the gendered glass ceiling. Organizations can learn and thrive through the inclusion of females’ voices of diversity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nowill, Don
Commitee: Bann, Cheryl, Robinson, Gary
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Communication, Gender studies
Keywords: Communication, Discourse, Gender, Gender stereotyping, Glass ceiling, Power
Publication Number: 27542976
ISBN: 9781392654965
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