Breaking Through; The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America

Overview


In one of the first in-depth studies to focus on minorities who have made it to the top, Breaking Through examines the crucial connection between corporate culture and the advancement of people of color. American companies may tout their equal opportunity initiatives, but with 95% of all executive-level positions in the United States held by white males, most of these programs clearly fall far short of their goals when it comes to diversifying upper management. Yet, even in the face of such overwhelming odds, ...
See more details below
Hardcover
$23.60
BN.com price
(Save 28%)$32.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (36) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $19.21   
  • Used (29) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview


In one of the first in-depth studies to focus on minorities who have made it to the top, Breaking Through examines the crucial connection between corporate culture and the advancement of people of color. American companies may tout their equal opportunity initiatives, but with 95% of all executive-level positions in the United States held by white males, most of these programs clearly fall far short of their goals when it comes to diversifying upper management. Yet, even in the face of such overwhelming odds, some minority executives do break through to the highest leadership ranks. What can we learn from these success stories? The often surprising conclusions drawn by authors Thomas and Gabarro represent important milestones both for the study of organizational practice and for minorities planning their own course of professional achievement. Here are the determining factors—both individual and organizational—that correspond to the advancement of minority executives to the highest levels.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875848662
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Harvard Business Review Book Series
  • Pages: 347
  • Sales rank: 830,632
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author


David A. Thomas is a professor of organizational behavior at the Harvard Business School. John J. Gabarro is the UPS Foundation Professor of Human Resource Management at the Harvard Business School.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Setting the Stage
1 Minority Success in the Corporate Mainstream 17
2 Doing Diversity: Three Decades in Pursuit of Equal Opportunity 35
3 The Career Tournament and Its Rules 63
Pt. II The Experience of Breaking Through
4 The Early Years: Family, Education, and Racial Encounters 83
5 Early Career: Developing Competence, Credibility, and Confidence 95
6 Breaking Through: Pathways to the Executive Suite 121
Pt. III Enabling Minority Advancement
7 Diversity Strategy: Three Approaches to Enabling Minority Advancement 151
8 Creating and Sustaining Change: The Common Enablers 187
Pt. IV The Lessons
9 Corporate Leadership for Minority Advancement 213
10 Lessons for the Next Generation of Minority Executives 233
App. A: Research Design and Methods 255
App. B Event History Analysis 275
Notes 287
Bibliography 307
Index 327
About the Authors 347
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)