Race, Work, and Leadership

Book description

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.

Table of contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright
  3. Dedication
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword: Race in Organizations: Often Cloaked but Always Present
  6. 1. Why a Volume on Race, Work, and Leadership?
  7. Section One: History and Critical Questions in Black Business Leadership
    1. 2. A Case Study of Leading Change: The Founders of Harvard Business School’s African American Student Union
    2. 3. Pathways to Leadership: Black Graduates of Harvard Business School
      1. Commentaries:
        1. The Struggle Is Real: Black Colleges, Resources, and Respect
        2. Back to the Future: A Strategy for Studying Racism in Organizations
    3. 4. Intersectionality and the Careers of Black Women Lawyers: Results from the Harvard Law School Black Alumni Survey
  8. Section Two: Comparative Studies
    1. 5. Workplace Engagement and the Glass Ceiling: The Experience of Black Professionals
    2. 6. Authenticity in the Workplace: An African American Perspective
    3. 7. Feeling Connected: The Importance of Engagement, Authenticity, and Relationships in the Careers of Diverse Professionals
  9. Section Three: Phenomenological Studies: The Lived Experience
    1. 8. Views from the Other Side: Black Professionals’ Perceptions of Diversity Management
    2. 9. Overcoming Barriers to Developing and Retaining Diverse Talent in Health-Care Professions
    3. 10. From C-Suite to Startups: The Illusion of Inclusion
    4. 11. Rough Waters of Resistance: Black Instructional Coaches Affected by Implicit Bias
    5. 12. A Million Gray Areas: How Two Friends Crossed Paths Professionally and Personally and Mutually Enhanced Their Understanding of Relationships of Race, Gender, Class, and Power
    6. 13. African American Women as Change Agents in the White Academy: Pivoting the Margin via Grounded Theory
    7. 14. The Transformational Impact of Black Women/Womanist Theologians Leading Intergroup Dialogue in Liberation Work of the Oppressed and the Oppressor
    8. 15. Psychodynamics of Black Authority—Sentience and Sellouts: Ol’ Skool Civil Rights and Woke Black Lives Matter
  10. Section Four: Theorizing Black Leadership
    1. 16. Is D&I about Us?: How Inclusion Practices Undermine Black Advancement and How to Design for Real Inclusion
    2. 17. The Glass Cliff: African American CEOs as Crisis Leaders
    3. 18. When Black Leaders Leave: Costs and Consequences
    4. 19. Blacks Leading Whites: How Mutual and Dual (Ingroup and Outgroup) Identification Affect Inequality
    5. 20. Managing Diversity, Managing Blackness?: An Intersectional Critique of Diversity Management Practices
    6. 21. Uncovering the Hidden Face of Affinity Fraud: Race-Based Predatory Bias, Social Identity, and the Need for Inclusive Leadership
  11. Section Five: The Future: Lessons for the Next Generation of Leaders
    1. 22. Ujima: Lifting as We Climb to Develop the Next Generation of African American Leaders
    2. 23. Conclusion—Intersections of Race, Work, and Leadership: Lessons in Advancing Black Leaders
  12. Index
  13. Acknowledgments
  14. About the Contributors
  15. About the Editors

Product information

  • Title: Race, Work, and Leadership
  • Author(s): Laura Morgan Roberts, Anthony J. Mayo, David A. Thomas
  • Release date: August 2019
  • Publisher(s): Harvard Business Review Press
  • ISBN: 9781633698024