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Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace

Issues and Challenges for Today's Organizations

by Margaret Foegen Karsten, ed.

 

Over three dozen authors tackle the hot-button issues of race, gender, and ethnicity in the workplace, shedding new light on the complex dynamics of diversity in business, and highlighting emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges.

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July 2006

Praeger

Pages 928
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Business/Human Resources
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Despite tremendous strides that have led to increasing numbers of women and minorities entering the workplace and achieving positions of power and influence, there is still much ground to be gained. Blending theory and practice, statistics and analysis, this three-volume set presents the latest research from the fields of management, sociology, psychology, law, and public policy to shed new light on the dynamics of gender and race/ethnicity in the workplace. The first volume details the corporate paths of women and minorities to date, highlighting continuing challenges and gaps. Volumes 2 and 3 tackle such complex issues as: corporation socialization and how it excludes women and minorities; the impact of affirmative action decisions on practice and policy; the fine line between office romance and sexual harassment; and work-life balance. These volumes also showcase innovative practices in promoting diversity and leadership development. Featuring contributions from such influential authors as Nancy Adler, Gail Evans, and Gary Powell, this set presents a unique collection of perspectives on the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and gender in the workplace, and considers how they both reflect and reinforce the culture at large.

Since women were first admitted to the Harvard-Radcliffe business program in 1959, they have made remarkable progress in assuming leadership and management positions traditionally held by white men; more recently, African-, Asian-, Hispanic-, and Native-American women and men have joined the professional realm in increasing numbers —with profound implications for organizations. Nevertheless, the statistics still tell a discouraging story: women make up nearly 50 percent of the workforce, but only 16 percent of the corporate officer pool in America's 500 largest companies; for every dollar a white man earns, a black man earns 76 cents; in a recent survey, 70 percent of women cited lack of an influential mentor as a key obstacle to attaining business success. The leading business experts assembled here consider what is behind these statistics and what can be done to change the culture that creates them.

Blending theory and practice, statistics and analysis, this three-volume set presents the latest research from the fields of management, sociology, psychology, law, and public policy to shed new light on the dynamics of gender and race/ethnicity in the workplace. The first volume details the corporate paths of women and minorities to date, highlighting continuing challenges and gaps. Volumes 2 and 3 tackle such complex issues as: socialization and how it excludes women and minorities; the impact of affirmative action decisions on practice and policy; the fine line between office romance and sexual harassment; the depth of racial and gender stereotypes; work-life balance; and unwritten codes of power and influence. These volumes also showcase innovative practices in promoting diversity and leadership development. Featuring contributions from such influential authors as Nancy Adler, Gail Evans, and Gary Powell, this set presents a unique collection of perspectives on the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and gender in the workplace, and considers how they both reflect and reinforce the culture at large.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Women Leaders in Corporate America: A Study of Leadership Values and Methods2. Toward an Inclusive Framework for Envisioning Race, Gender, and Leadership3. Leading Beyond Boundaries4. Corporate Culture and Leadership: Traditional, Legal, and Charismatic Authority5. American Indian Women: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Leading6. This is How We Do It: Black Women Entrepreneurs Management Strategies and Styles7. Blue Collar women in Traditional Male Jobs: Reconsidering the Glass Ceiling8. Working Relationships among Black and White Professional Women9. Black Women in Management10. Latinas at Work: Issues of Gender, Ethnicity, and Class11. Unearned Privilege: Issues of Race, Gender, and Social Inequality in U.S. Organizations12. Gender Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market: Evidence from 2000 CensusIndexAbout the Editor and ContributorsVolume IIAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Affirmative Action: Unintended Adverse Effects2. Racial and Ethnic Harassment in the Workplace3. Incivility, Sexual Harassment, and Violence in the Workplace4. Romantic Relationships in the Workplace5. Pregnancy Discrimination: Laboring Under Assumptions in the Workplace6. The Family and Medical Leave Act: Lost in Translation7. Gender and Managerial Stereotypes: Have the Times Changed?8. Gender and Race-Related Stereotypes in Management9. Impact of Gender on Leadership10. Tokenism Theory: What Happens When Few Women Work With Many Men11. Power, Control, and Gender: Training as Catalyst for Dysfunctional Behavior at the United States Air Force Academy12. Gendered Ethics and Law in cases of Corporate Executive Crimes and PunishmentsIndexAbout the Editor and ContributorsAcknowledgmentsVolume IIIIntroduction1. Cross-Cultural Communication in the Diverse Workplace: A New Frontier for Managers2. Dirty Business: Women Managing Sexual Objectification in the Workplace3. Best Practices in Diversity Management4. Diversity Management at Shell Oil5. Career Planning: Toward an Inclusive Model6. Gender, Race and Role Model Status: Exploring the Impact of Informal Developmental Relationships on Management Careers7. Alternatives Approaches to Mentoring in the New Millennium8. The Impact of Social Networks on the Advancement of Women and Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups9. Women Are on the Same Teamand Other Important Business Rules10. Double Jeopardy Survival: Insights and Lessons Learned in Organizational Battlefields11. Developing Men and Women Leaders: The Influence of Personal Life Experiences12. Interrupting the Persistence of Gender Inequities in Loosely Coupled Systems: Effective Management Processes to Address the Lack of Institutional Support for Work/Life Issues in Academic Careers13. Managerial Women, Minorities, and Stress: Causes and ConsequencesIndexAbout the Editor and Contributors

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"Karsten has edited a three-volume work that provides in-depth coverage of the causes and consequences of workplace inequality; the effects of equal employment opportunity laws on the workplace; and organizational and individual strategies for dealing with discrimination, which are based on case studies, personal reflections, and research. Academic and professional contributors from diverse fields, including business, psychology, sociology, law, and public policy, bring a multidisciplinary perspective to the topic....[w]ill be of most interest to advanced students, researchers, and professionals in business and organizational psychology. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections."—Choice

"Edited by Karsten, this three-volume set explores the current status of women and racial/ethnic minorities in the US workplace; explores psychological, sociological, and legal aspects of their positions in business; and explores organizational and individual strategies for coping with and changing discriminatory practices, in that order."—Reference & Research Book News

Endorsements

"There's something for everyone in the Praeger Perspectives set, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace. While the majority of the articles are by faculty members spanning philosophy and psychology to business and law, there are also pieces written by academic administrators and business people. The breadth and depth of authors is matched by the topics (from blue collar women in male jobs to racial stereotypes and power dynamics), the flavor and tone (from those heavy on citations and footnotes to how-to stories from the corporate sector), and the reach (from individual strategies to social policy initiatives). An amazing compilation!"—Cathy Trower, Research Associate, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

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