The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies

The New CEOs: Women, African American, Latino, and Asian American Leaders of Fortune 500 Companies

by Richard L. Zweigenhaft, G. William Domhoff
     
 

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The New CE's looks at the women and people of color leading Fortune 500 companies, exploring the factors that have helped them achieve success and their impact on the business world and society more broadly. As recently as fifteen years ago, there had only been three women CE's of Fortune 500 companies, and no African Americans. By now there have been more than 100

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The New CE's looks at the women and people of color leading Fortune 500 companies, exploring the factors that have helped them achieve success and their impact on the business world and society more broadly. As recently as fifteen years ago, there had only been three women CE's of Fortune 500 companies, and no African Americans. By now there have been more than 100 women, African American, Latino, and Asian-American CE's of Fortune 500 companies.

Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff look at these “new CE's” closely. Weaving compelling interview excerpts with new research, the book traces how these new CE's came to power, questions whether they differ from white male Fortune 500 CE's in meaningful ways, asks whether the companies that hired them differ from other companies, and discusses what we can learn about power in America from the emergence of these new CE's. As Americans continue to debate corporate compensation, glass ceilings, and colorblind relationships, The New CE's shares information critical to understanding our current situation and looks toward the future in our increasingly globalized world. The paperback edition of The New CE's features a new Introduction and an updated comprehensive list of new CE's to date.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
May be of interest.
Earl Smith
In this new book by Richard Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff, the authors prove they are the best among social and behavioral scientists writing about diversity and inclusion. The findings they present are accessible, yet challenging, and the inclusion of appendices, tables, and figures are immensely helpful. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the new global political economy. This book can be used in both undergraduate and graduate course in the liberal arts and especially as a primary text in business schools.
Nancy DiTomaso
The New CE's provides very valuable information for those with interests in inequality and diversity. The careful research that Zweigenhaft and Domhoff have provided in their body of work on how the power elite has been changing, from attendees at elite private schools, to membership on key policy boards and on boards of directors of major corporations, and now to appointment as CEO of the nation’s largest corporations, has provided a wealth of information that helps us interpret trends and draw conclusions about social processes. This book is especially noteworthy because it not only provides the descriptive information about who has reached these positions and what their individual stories entail, but it also asks and endeavors to answer whether having diversity at the highest level of corporations makes a difference and whether we can expect for the trends to continue. The book is thorough, drawing from multiple sources of data to provide a profile of the new CE's, to document the pathways that led them to the top jobs in major companies, and to compare them with white men who have otherwise held these positions. The analysis also compares the performance of these CE's with those in comparable companies. All around a useful and important contribution to the literature on inequality and diversity.
Robert Livingston
The New CE's is a unique and compelling analysis of the factors that promote (or hinder) demographic diversity among the top brass of American industry. The combination of historical, biographical, and empirical accounts create a rich narrative that is both scholarly and engaging. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the evolving profile of the corporate 'chieftain.'
Intel Connected Digest
Recommended reading.
Journal Of Blacks In Higher Education
May be of interest.
The Society Pages
Here, with another year of information to draw upon, we look at the New CE's in terms of class and gender, using an intersectional analysis to help explain who becomes a New CEO—and who does not.
Contemporary Sociology
Richard Zweigenhaft and William Domhoff document the nature of this millennial shift, the paths to power of this new breed of CE's, and the subsequent stall in the growth of this group in their excellent book, The New CE's. . . Zweigenhaft and Domhoff have done a meticulous job working with a small data set, comparing the career paths of this group with a larger sample of business leaders, generating hypotheses based on a careful analysis of field and archival data, and constructing a novel sociological model of careers for members of these groups.
Rakesh Khurana
Richard Zweigenhaft and William Domhoff document the nature of this millennial shift, the paths to power of this new breed of CE's, and the subsequent stall in the growth of this group in their excellent book, The New CE's. . . Zweigenhaft and Domhoff have done a meticulous job working with a small data set, comparing the career paths of this group with a larger sample of business leaders, generating hypotheses based on a careful analysis of field and archival data, and constructing a novel sociological model of careers for members of these groups….At a time when inequality in the United States has never been higher and the political implications never more discussed, the authors’ theoretical insights are fresh and original and their findings are timely and important.
Elizabeth Higginbotham
This book is sobering in how it shows us what many African-Americans corporate executives routinely say to each other about their corporations: 'Much has changed, but much has stayed the same.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442207660
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2014
Pages:
237
Sales rank:
1,217,137
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Zweigenhaft is Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Guilford College.

G. William Domhoff is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Over the past three decades, the authors have written a series of books together, including Blacks in the White Elite and Diversity in the Power Elite.

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