The career paths of executive women in healthcare leadership: A phenomenological study

by McElroy-Jones, Kimberly R., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 127 pages; 3350244


Women have played vital roles in the United States workforce, but have been dramatically underrepresented in leadership roles in the senior management ranks. This phenomenological study focused on identifying the career paths that women have taken to achieve the upper echelons of healthcare executive level positions, and understanding the lived experiences of women who’ve reached executive positions. The conceptual framework for this study focused on the demographics, institutional barriers, personal choices, and various social components that determine the level of career success that a woman achieves. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Black women and 10 White women, and the qualitative data gathered from these in-depth interviews was analyzed to identify patterns and themes and to make comparisons and contrasts between the two races based on their lived experiences. Differences between the two racial groups were not readily apparent. These participants had similar views on mentorship, education, and leadership. All of the participants utilized similar methods and strategies to pursue their upwardly mobile careers in the senior ranks of healthcare leadership.

AdviserShelley R. Robbins
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBlack studies; Women's studies; Management
Publication Number3350244

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