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Factors Influencing Advancement of Women Senior Leaders in Aerospace Companies


2012 2012

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Abstract (summary)

The problem researched in this study was the limited number of women in senior leadership positions in the aerospace industry. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research study was to interview women senior leaders in the aerospace industry to explore the factors they perceived as beneficial to their advancement to senior leadership positions in the aerospace industry. The research study was guided by a central research question relating to what professional and personal factors might have led to promotional opportunities into senior leadership roles. Transformational leadership was the conceptual framework used to inform the study. The qualitative, phenomenological approach was selected to gain insights of the lived experiences and perceptions relating to career advancement of women to senior leadership positions in the aerospace industry. Data were collected using a modified Van Kaam method, coded, and analyzed to discern themes or patterns. Findings were that the attributes participants contributed to their success, included a focus on leadership, personal development, and the importance of mentoring relationships. This study presented a positive direction in addressing the gaps in the body of knowledge related to women and leadership development by exploring the experiences of women in senior leadership positions in the aerospace industry. Implications for social change include informing organizations and women about specific leadership development practices as one way to promote more women into leadership positions thus reducing the gap between the number of men and women leaders.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Womens studies;
Management;
Aerospace engineering;
Organizational behavior
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0454: Management
0538: Aerospace engineering
0703: Organizational behavior
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Applied sciences; Advancement; Aerospace companies; Engineering; Executive leadership; Executive women; STEM; Success factors; Women executives; Women in leadership
Title
Factors Influencing Advancement of Women Senior Leaders in Aerospace Companies
Author
Garrett-Howard, Camille Elaine
Number of pages
128
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0543
Source
DAI-A 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267182616
Advisor
Wright-Babb, Danielle
Committee member
Gould, David
University/institution
Walden University
Department
Applied Management and Decision Sciences
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
D.B.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3495166
ProQuest document ID
922671977
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/922671977
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