Purposeful work behaviors of Latina business leaders: A generic qualitative inquiry

by Turner, Michelle Paola Pacheco, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 146 pages; 10148419


Successful Latina business leaders have been under-represented within the business industry in senior management positions. To better understand the reasons behind this lack of diversity, the present study utilized generic qualitative inquiry to investigate the motivational processes and work strategies of successful Latina business leaders. The overarching research question asked was: How do Latina business women in the United States use purposeful work behaviors to achieve successful work outcomes? Using the theory of purposeful work behavior (Barrick, Mount, & Li, 2013) as a theoretical framework, two subquestions were developed to answer the overarching question. These questions were: What are the primary factors motivating Latinas in the United States as they seek positions of leadership within the business industry? What strategies do Latina business leaders in the United States use to achieve successful work outcomes? To answer the research questions, the researcher interviewed 15 Latina business leaders in the United States using semi-structured interviews. The results revealed that Latina business leaders find both motivation and purpose in the constructs of community, status, autonomy, and achievement. To pursue their career goals, Latinas also use a wide range of workplace strategies, the most common type being interpersonal strategies. The findings from this study contradicted stereotypes about Latinas and supported previous literature suggesting that Latinas bring value to their organizations through their unique and inclusive approach to leadership. More research is needed to further investigate this topic and empower more Latina business women to seek senior management positions.

AdviserStephen Callender
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management; Hispanic American studies
Publication Number10148419

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