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Unformatted text preview: Page 1 of 6 CS 134 Organizational Communication Chapter 12 Diversity in Organizations Women and Minorities: Todays Organizations Glass ceiling Color discrimination Greater difficulty in getting a job Greater difficulty in climbing the ladder Mommy track Off-ramp On-ramp Outsider within Glass Ceiling Defined The invisible barrier within organizations that prevents women and people of color from ascending/attaining higher level management and executive positions. (Reuther & Fairhurst, 2000)w Reasons for the Glass Ceiling Male CFOs fault womens supposed lack of interest, family responsibilities, and lack of numeric representation (womens absence within the leadership pipeline) Lack of access to male-dominated networks, lack of mentoring, & lack of access to line positions that afford women authority Reasons Why Women Are Held Back (Reinhold, 2005) The culture of most companies today are still overwhelming white and male Gender bias still exists Most companies have not created a culture of accountability for the development of female managers and executives Companies do not always view people skills as executive skills Many companies fail to help women juggle the competing demands of work, life, and family Because women often lack the mentors & collegial networks of communication to which their male colleagues are privy Current Gender Success Stories (Reinhold, 2005) Several companies that have strived to use systematic efforts: Recruit Page 2 of 6 Recognize Identify Develop and advance women managers & executives Effective Actions for Organizations to Include Diversity (Reinhold, 2005) Get top management to buy-in Launch a comprehensive initiative Remove cultural barriers...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course COMM ST 134 taught by Professor Wright-dixon during the Winter '12 term at UCLA.

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