The corner office: A study of the success strategies of executive women leaders in the financial services industry

by Brooks Halas, KaraSusan, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2011, 133 pages; 3444598

Abstract:

This study explored the success strategies used by women who have achieved executive status in the financial services industry. While previous research has been conducted on the success strategies of women, none of the previous studies identified and analyzed the success strategies used by women in the financial services industry. This study used a phenomenological qualitative interview research design and targeted women who had already reached the executive status of senior vice-president or higher within the financial services industry. Four research questions were addressed: (a) What are the success strategies used by women who have achieved executive status in the financial services industry?, (b) What obstacles do women who have achieved executive status in the financial services industry face?, (c) How did women who have achieved executive status in the financial services industry overcome these obstacles?, (d) What recommendations do these women have for other women who are working to achieve executive status in the financial services industry? Data were collected using a structured interview guide during telephone interviews with 22 executive women. The findings show many of the same success factors and obstacles as identified in previous research for other areas. This research was exploratory and by that not meant to solve any issues, it was to investigate how women who have achieved success in the financial services were able to do so and to determine if there is future value in additional research. Based on the findings, additional future research would be warranted specifically in training programs for women leaders and mentor programs.

AdviserMarc Muchnick
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsWomen's studies; Management; Banking
Publication Number3444598

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - http://www.proquest.com - or contact ProQuest Support.