A purposive sample of 19 African American male directors and above in the aeronautics industry participated in the qualitative, phenomenological study, incorporating a modified van Kaam method by Moustakas with taped and transcribed semi-structured interviews. The 19 participants shared their lived experience in their career ascension to the level of director or above. Few studies have illustrated the competencies that may be of value to aspiring African American males seeking to reach the level of director or above in the aeronautics. The data from the interviews, analyzed using NVivo 8 software, indicated the following areas of which African American males seeking director or above status should be aware: (a) African American male obstacles and barriers; (b) competence, attributes, and professionalism; (c) education and continuous learning; (d) social skills and communication skills; (e) mentoring and sponsorship; and (f) leadership skills. The information gathered in the study may positively affect the career advancement of African American men in the aeronautics industry.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African American Studies, Management|
|Keywords:||Aeronautics industry, African-American men, Mentoring|
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