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Social Exclusion and Socioeconomic Inequalities of Black Stem Workers: A Systematic Review of the Literature
by Adams, Bryce Lydell, D.B.A., University of Maryland University College, 2020, 153; 28262411
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study is to explore the social impacts of socioeconomic inequities and inequalities Black workers have encountered since the era of sociologist and civil rights activist Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois. The focus of the study is present day Black STEM workers. Utilized was a qualitative configurative systematic review of existing scholarly literature. The research analytics application, MAXQDA, was used for preliminary coding of raw data. A manual inductive thematic process for synthesizing data was used for the identification of themes and findings (Harden & Thomas, 2008, p. 4). Three themes emerged: (a) racialism creates socioeconomic inequities and inequalities in STEM industry; (b) Black workers are perceived as lacking the intellect to succeed in high socio- economic status STEM jobs; and (c) more Black STEM leads to suppressed wages of non-Black STEM workers. While the issue has moral implications at the societal level, a key implication for management is that companies could realize a net gain in economic output between $1.1 and $1.5 trillion through 2028 by closing the racial wage gap (Noel et al., 2019, p. 6). In addition, managers could effectively mitigate the underrepresentation of Black STEM workers in high socioeconomic status jobs (Noel et al., 2019, p. 14). Lastly, managers would be able to establish a pipeline of knowledgeable and diverse STEM workers to hire and develop for their companies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bouchard, Marcia
Commitee: Sherlock, John, Muhammad, Ray
School: University of Maryland University College
Department: School of Business
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Business administration, Social structure, Ethnic studies, Economics, Black studies, Sociology
Keywords: Black socioeconomics, Black STEM workers, Racialism, Social exclusion, Social issues in management, Socioeconomic inequalities
Publication Number: 28262411
ISBN: 9798569981236
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