Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

“Outsider Within” Narratives of Diversity Leadership: An Exploratory Case Study of Executive Women of Color
by Phillips, Tracy L., Ed.D., The George Washington University, 2012, 195; 3489799
Abstract (Summary)

Using a narrative approach, this study systemically investigates the complexities of workplace diversity from the standpoints of diversity executives who are women of color within American Fortune 500 corporations, "outsiders within" (Collins, 1986). It examines the interactive effects of gender and ethnicity on organizational social structures and self -perceptions by employing theories emphasizing complexity and human agency. It suggests that agentic capabilities wield influence in shaping workplace diversity practices where differences are promoted, strengthened, and maximized.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schwandt, David R.
Commitee: Burley, Diana L., Davis, Shirley A.
School: The George Washington University
Department: Human and Organizational Learning
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 73/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Womens studies, Management
Keywords: Agency, Complexity, Diversity, Leadership, Minority women, Women executives
Publication Number: 3489799
ISBN: 978-1-267-09439-1
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