African American Women Managers’ Experiences in Predominantly Black Work Environments: A Narrative Literature Review

32 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2019

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Ray Sanders Muhammad

Ray Sanders Muhammad

Daphne Halkias

ISM International School of Management

Date Written: August 1, 2019

Abstract

The experiences of African American women managers in predominantly Black work environments and the implication of these experiences on their ability to lead remains unknown. This literature review, conducted as part of a larger multiple case study addressing this issue, was framed by three key concepts: intersectionality of gender and race, intraracial discrimination, and colorism. It delves into the impact of intraracial race and gender discrimination in the workplace, and exposes the diversity of different groups, highlighting the fact that each group has a unique perspective and voice to be considered. This synthesis of knowledge evidences the importance of investigation into the intraracial leadership experiences of marginalized groups. It also provides a foundation for future targeted research to promote social change by sensitizing predominantly Black work environments on issues of equal treatment between gender groups and ways in which an intraracial context influences African American women’s management experiences.

Keywords: women managers, work environment, leadership, intersectionality, gender discrimination, race discrimination, role congruity

JEL Classification: M14

Suggested Citation

Sanders Muhammad, Ray and Halkias, Daphne, African American Women Managers’ Experiences in Predominantly Black Work Environments: A Narrative Literature Review (August 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430759 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3430759

Ray Sanders Muhammad (Contact Author)

Ray Sanders Muhammad ( email )

Henniker, NH
United States

Daphne Halkias

ISM International School of Management ( email )

17, boulevard Raspail
Paris, 75007
France

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