Paths to Power How Insiders and Outsiders Shaped American Business Leadership

ISBN-10: 1422101983
ISBN-13: 9781422101988
Edition: 2007
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Description: Who made it to the top of Corporate America in the twentieth century? And what do their experiences mean for the next generation of business leaders? In Paths to Power, Anthony J. Mayo, Nitin Nohria, and Laura G. Singleton answer these questions.  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 292
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Who made it to the top of Corporate America in the twentieth century? And what do their experiences mean for the next generation of business leaders? In Paths to Power, Anthony J. Mayo, Nitin Nohria, and Laura G. Singleton answer these questions. The authors explore access to business leadership opportunities-showing how a small group of "insiders" possesses advantages that facilitate a smooth journey to the top while a larger group of "outsiders" faces disadvantages that make their path to leadership positions more difficult. Yet throughout the history of American business, the composition of insiders and outsiders has shifted. Examining data on leader birthplaces, religious affiliation, education, socioeconomic status, race, and gender, Paths to Power explains how the demographics of leadership have changed over the 20th century and how they're changing now. Further, they discuss the mechanisms of advancement for insiders and outsiders, and show how these mechanisms have also evolved. Though white men still hold most power positions in business, the authors assert that the gates of access aren't as static as they seem.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Paths to Power: Tracing a Full Century of Changing Access
Birthplace: Exploiting the Power of Place
Nationality: From Fiery Melting Pots to Mainstream Professionals
Religion: Infiltrating the Protestant Establishment over Generations
Education: Degrees Go from Ornamental to Essential
Class: Advantages That Persist
Gender and Race: How Ultimate Outsiders Inch Inward
Into the Twenty-First Century: Open Doors or Glass Ceilings?
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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