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Impact of Leader Racial Attitude on Ratings of Causes and Solutions to the Minority Faculty Shortage.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eleanor "Holly" Buttner, Professor (Creator)
Lenora Billings-Harris (Contributor)
Kevin B. Lowe, Professor and Department Head (Contributor)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Diversity scholars have emphasized the critical role of corporate leaders for ensuring the success of diversity strategic initiatives in organizations. This study reports on business school leaders‘ attributions regarding the causes for and solutions to the low representation of U.S. faculty of color in business schools. Results indicate that leaders with greater awareness of racial issues rated an inhospitable organizational culture as a more important cause and cultural change and recruitment as more important solutions to faculty of color under-representation than did less racially aware respondents. Aware leaders also rated individual minority-group member responsibility for performance a less important solution than did less racially aware respondents. Implications are discussed.

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Publication
Journal of Business Ethics, 73(2), 129-144
Language: English
Date: 2007
Keywords
Diversity, Employee shortage, Leader‘s racial attitude, Racial awareness, Organizational climate