Executive-level advancement: A qualitative study of the experiences of African American women

by Davis, Stacey L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 163 pages; 10182890


Despite corporate American being more racially diverse than past years, analysis of the literature indicates disparities continue to exist for African American women at the executive level. Few studies exist that describe the experiences of African American women with regard to their career advancement to executive level positions. The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of African American women who have achieved executive-level positions in corporate America to understand their perspectives regarding their successes and challenges in developing and advancing their careers to the executive level. For this study, a generic qualitative inquiry approach was used to explore the experiences of African American executive women in corporate America. Findings indicated that education, continued professional development, mentoring, networking, and exceptional performance were factors that helped African American women develop and advance to the executive level. Additionally, similarities were noted in regard to the success factors, strategies used to overcome barriers, and recommendations provided by African American female executives in corporate America.

AdviserMarc Muchnick
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsAfrican American studies; Women's studies; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number10182890

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