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Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience

Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience

Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience

Race, Work, and Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience


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Rethinking How to Build Inclusive Organizations

Race, Work, and Leadership is a rare and important compilation of essays that examines how race matters in people's experience of work and leadership. What does it mean to be black in corporate America today? How are racial dynamics in organizations changing? How do we build inclusive organizations?

Inspired by and developed in conjunction with the research and programming for Harvard Business School's commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the HBS African American Student Union, this groundbreaking book shines new light on these and other timely questions and illuminates the present-day dynamics of race in the workplace. Contributions from top scholars, researchers, and practitioners in leadership, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, and education test the relevance of long-held assumptions and reconsider the research approaches and interventions needed to understand and advance African Americans in work settings and leadership roles.

At a time when—following a peak in 2002—there are fewer African American men and women in corporate leadership roles, Race, Work, and Leadership will stimulate new scholarship and dialogue on the organizational and leadership challenges of African Americans and become the indispensable reference for anyone committed to understanding, studying, and acting on the challenges facing leaders who are building inclusive organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633698017
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 333,541
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Laura Morgan Roberts is a Teaching Professor of Management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and a visiting scholar at Harvard Business School's Gender Initiative, researching the influence of African American business leaders. She is the author of numerous research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools, as well as two influential Harvard Business Review articles.

Anthony J. Mayo is the Thomas S. Murphy Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. With Nitin Nohria, he is the coauthor of In Their Time and Paths to Power, both published by Harvard Business Review Press.

David A. Thomas is President of Morehouse College. He previously served as Dean of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research addresses issues related to leadership, executive development, and cultural diversity in organizations, and his book, Breaking Through, coauthored with fellow HBS professor John J. Gabarro, is the standard on how minorities become executives.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Race in Organizations: Often Cloaked but Always Present Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell Stella M. Nkomo

1 Why a Volume on Race, Work, and Leadership? Laura Morgan Roberts Anthony J. Mayo Serenity Lee 1

Section 1 History and Critical Questions in Black Business Leadership

2 A Case Study of Leading Change 25

The Founders of Harvard Business School's African American Student Union Henry Louis Gates Jr.

3 Pathways to Leadership 41

Black Graduates of Harvard Business School Anthony J. Mayo Laura Morgan Roberts


The Struggle Is Real 46

Black Colleges, Resources, and Respect Melissa E. Wooten

Back to the Future 62

A Strategy for Studying Racism in Organizations Arthur P. Brief

4 Intersectionality and the Careers of Black Women Lawyers 73

Results from the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Survey David B. Wilkins Bryon Fong

Section 2 Comparative Studies

5 Workplace Engagement and the Glass Ceiling 115

The Experience of Black Professionals Ella F. Washington Ellyn Maese Shane McFeely

6 Authenticity in the Workplace 135

An African American Perspective Patricia Faison Hewlin Anna-Maria Broomes

7 Feeling Connected 151

The Importance of Engagement, Authenticity, and Relationships in the Careers of Diverse Professionals Stacy Blake-Beard Laura Morgan Roberts Beverly Edgehili Ella F. Washington

Section 3 Phenomenological Studies

The Lived Experience

8 Views from the Other Side 173

Black Professionals' Perceptions of Diversity Management Adia Harvey Wingfield

9 Overcoming Barriers to Developing and Retaining Diverse Talent in Health-Care Professions Laura Morgan Roberts Stacy Blake-Beard Stephanie Creary Beverly Edgehill Sakshi Ghai 189

10 From C-Suite to Startups 209

The Illusion of Inclusion Nancy Sims Sue Toigo Maura Allen Toni Cornelius

11 Rough Waters of Resistance 223

Black Instructional Coaches Affected by Implicit Bias Michelle Smith Macchia Kisha Porcher

12 A Million Gray Areas 239

How Two Friends Crossed Paths Professionally and Personally and Mutually Enhanced Their Understanding of Relationships of Race, Gender, Class, and Power Kathryn Fraser Karen Samuelsh

13 African American Women as Change Agents in the White Academy 253

Pivoting the Margin via Grounded Theory Muriel E. Shockley Elizabeth L. Holloway

14 The Transformational Impact of Black Women/Womanist Theologians Leading Intergroup Dialogue in Liberation Work of the Oppressed and the Oppressor Tawana Davis 275

15 Psychodynamics of Black Authority-Sentience and Sellouts 291

Ol' Skool Civil Rights and Woke Black Lives Matter Diane Forbes Berthoud Flora Taylor Zachary Green

Section 4 Theorizing Black Leadership

16 Is D&I about Us? 311

How Inclusion Practices Undermine Black Advancement and How to Design for Real Inclusion Valerie Purdie-Greenaway Martin N. Davidson

17 The Glass Cliff 323

African American CEOs as Crisis Leaders Lynn Perry Wooten Erika Hayes James

18 When Black Leaders Leave 341

Costs and Consequences Kecia Thomas Aspen J. Robinson Laura Provolt B. Lindsay Brown

19 Blacks Leading Whites 359

How Mutual and Dual (Ingroup and Outgroup) Identification Affect Inequality Lumumba Seegars Lakshmi Ramarajan

20 Managing Diversity, Managing Blackness? 373

An Intersectional Critique of Diversity Management Practices Courtney L. McCluney Verónica Caridad Rabelo

21 Uncovering the Hidden Face of Affinity Fraud 389

Race-Based Predatory Bias, Social Identity, and the Need for Inclusive Leadership Audrey Murrell Ray Jones Jennifer Petrie

Section 5 The Future

Lessons for the Next Generation of Leaders

22 Ujima 409

Lifting as We Climb to Develop the Next Generation of African American Leaders Lynn Perry Wooten Shannon Polk Whitney Williams

23 Conclusion-Intersections of Race, Work, and Leadership 419

Lessons in Advancing Black Leaders Laura Morgan Roberts Anthony J. Mayo

Index 433

Acknowledgments 457

About the Contributors 461

About the Editors 483

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