Our Separate Ways by Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell
Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity

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This is a study of the roles that gender, race and class play in corporate culture, revealing the trials and triumphs that have brought minority women executives where they are today. It examines the connection between corporate culture and the advancement of people of colour as well as examining the formative experiences - from childhood through early career development - behind today's female executives. By using a "life history" approach which includes interviews with 120 women senior managers, the text presents women's reflections on success as well as demonstrating the often complicated and difficult stories of women coming to terms with racially divided population, trying to succeed in the male-dominated business world and displaying their personal and cultural expectations.

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Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell, Ph.D., is an associate professor of business administration at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. Coauthor of the groundbreaking "Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity", she has written for "Essence" magazine and has been featured in the "Wall Street Journal", "BusinessWeek", "Newsweek", "Working Mother", and other publications. Stella M. Nkomo serves as professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria. She is the former chair of the Department of Management at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Nkomo is a former Scholar-in-Residence at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College and Harvard University. Dr. Nkomo's nationally recognized work on race and gender in organizations, managing diversity, leading change, and human resource management appears in numerous journals, edited volumes, and magazines. She has served on the editorial board of several management journals, including the Academy of Management Review; Organization; British Journal of Management; the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal; Journal of Managerial Psychology; Management Communication Quarterly; Work and Occupations; and the Journal of Management Education. She has written three successful books and is a former member of the executive board of the Human Resource Management Division of the Academy of Management. Most recently, she served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management. Dr. Nkomo has received numerous honors, including the Gender and Diversity in Organization Division Sage Scholarly Contributions Award in 2009. She received the Belk College of Business Research Excellence Award and the Bank of America Teaching Excellence Award during her tenure at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Nkomo also served on the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership. At the University of South Africa she received three awards for significant contributions to research.
Published January 1, 2001 by Harvard Business School Press. 340 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Drawing on an eight-year survey of 825 black and white female managers, and juxtaposing the stories of seven black and seven white women executives at some of the most prestigious companies in America, this book illustrates the profound impact of "early life lessons" on women's professional ident...

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