African American men's representation at the senior management level: A study on the perception of succession planning

by Roberts, Jonathan, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 235 pages; 3505939


This qualitative phenomenological study focused on the perceptions of 10 African American men's journeys to the executive suite. The study focused on the upper echelon theory and sought to understand critical information of why organizations act the way they do and how African American men could benefit from understanding how to function in the corporate environment. The research design used a questionnaire to gather participant perceptions in four critical areas that impact senior-level ascension within organizations to include (a) senior management positions, (b) diversity, (c) talent management and (d) succession planning. The participants all had 18 years or more of experience, they lived throughout the Midwest, South, and Eastern states, and they were directors or above within their respective organizations. Through the participants' interviews the study produced several powerful themes to include (a) No one gets here on his own, (b) I must perform, (c) There are no easy roads, (d) Intentionality, (e) Being proactive, (f) Impacted by White women, and (g) Succession plans—I own it. The themes also became solid recommendations to enable African American men to experience successful career progression.

AdviserKatherine E. Dew
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsAfrican American studies; Black studies; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3505939

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