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Dare to be heard: Black women managers voice perceptions of gratifying and non -gratifying workplace experiences


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Abstract (summary)

This study reports perceptions black women managers describe in the context of their workplace. It organizes those perceptions into gratifying and non-gratifying experiences. Black women managers found the following experiences gratifying: clearly defined tasks, nurturing, networking, and the availability of organizational rewards. Black women managers found the following experiences non-gratifying: undefined tasks, the burden of nurturing, tokenism, homoracial jealousy, conflicting values, and all experiences related to the Glass Ceiling.

In order to accomplish this task, data were collected from primary and secondary sources, emerging themes were identified and a thematic analysis approach was applied. This study contributes to the understanding of the unique contexts in which black women managers work and demonstrates the need to avoid grouping them either with all women or all minorities. In so doing, it gives voice to this growing group and suggests actions by organizations and individual black women to facilitate communication and understanding. Finally, this study formulates ways by which communication theory can be applied to the context studied.

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Subject
African Americans;
Womens studies;
Management;
Female employees;
Managers;
Perceptions;
Career advancement;
Employment discrimination;
Communication;
Studies
Classification
0325: African Americans
0453: Womens studies
0454: Management
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Black women; Managers; Women managers; Workplace experiences
Title
Dare to be heard: Black women managers voice perceptions of gratifying and non -gratifying workplace experiences
Author
Bridges, Ayanna LuEddi
Number of pages
110
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0099
Source
DAI-A 67/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542765261
Advisor
Pennington, Dorthy
University/institution
University of Kansas
University location
United States -- Kansas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3225573
ProQuest document ID
305318601
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305318601
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